Americans are tired of the pandemic. But disease experts preach caution — and endure a ‘kill the messenger’ moment.

Andrew Noymer, a University of California, Irvine epidemiologist [and associate professor of public health], who, when asked what the big lesson of the pandemic is, replied in an email that “public health as an intellectual endeavor is weak; its own subject-matter experts get swept aside in a crisis,” and “we are less, not more, prepared for the next pandemic, after this.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here:]