Med Student: It’s Time for the Scientific Community to Admit We Were Wrong About COVID and It Cost Lives

Kevin Bass is an MD/PhD student at a medical school in Texas. He is in his 7th year.

As a medical student and researcher, I staunchly supported the efforts of the public health authorities when it came to COVID-19. I believed that the authorities responded to the largest public health crisis of our lives with compassion, diligence, and scientific expertise. I was with them when they called for lockdowns, vaccines, and boosters.

I was wrong. We in the scientific community were wrong. And it cost lives.

I can see now that the scientific community from the CDC to the WHO to the FDA and their representatives, repeatedly overstated the evidence and misled the public about its own views and policies, including on natural vs. artificial immunityschool closures and disease transmissionaerosol spreadmask mandates, and vaccine effectiveness and safety, especially among the young. All of these were scientific mistakes at the time, not in hindsight. Amazingly, some of these obfuscations continue to the present day.

But perhaps more important than any individual error was how inherently flawed the overall approach of the scientific community was, and continues to be. It was flawed in a way that undermined its efficacy and resulted in thousands if not millions of preventable deaths.

What we did not properly appreciate is that preferences determine how scientific expertise is used, and that our preferences might be—indeed, our preferences were—very different from many of the people that we serve. We created policy based on our preferences, then justified it using data. And then we portrayed those opposing our efforts as misguided, ignorant, selfish, and evil.

We made science a team sport, and in so doing, we made it no longer science. It became us versus them, and “they” responded the only way anyone might expect them to: by resisting.

We excluded important parts of the population from policy development and castigated critics, which meant that we deployed a monolithic response across an exceptionally diverse nation, forged a society more fractured than ever, and exacerbated longstanding heath and economic disparities.

Our emotional response and ingrained partisanship prevented us from seeing the full impact of our actions on the people we are supposed to serve. We systematically minimized the downsides of the interventions we imposed—imposed without the input, consent, and recognition of those forced to live with them. In so doing, we violated the autonomy of those who would be most negatively impacted by our policies: the poor, the working class, small business owners, Blacks and Latinos, and children. These populations were overlooked because they were made invisible to us by their systematic exclusion from the dominant, corporatized media machine that presumed omniscience.

Most of us did not speak up in support of alternative views, and many of us tried to suppress them. When strong scientific voices like world-renowned Stanford professors John Ioannidis, Jay Bhattacharya, and Scott Atlas, or University of California San Francisco professors Vinay Prasad and Monica Gandhi, sounded the alarm on behalf of vulnerable communities, they faced severe censure by relentless mobs of critics and detractors in the scientific community—often not on the basis of fact but solely on the basis of differences in scientific opinion.

When former President Trump pointed out the downsides of intervention, he was dismissed publicly as a buffoon. And when Dr. Antony Fauci opposed Trump and became the hero of the public health community, we gave him our support to do and say what he wanted, even when he was wrong.

Trump was not remotely perfect, nor were the academic critics of consensus policy. But the scorn that we laid on them was a disaster for public trust in the pandemic response. Our approach alienated large segments of the population from what should have been a national, collaborative project.

And we paid the price. The rage of the those marginalized by the expert class exploded onto and dominated social media. Lacking the scientific lexicon to express their disagreement, many dissidents turned to conspiracy theories and a cottage industry of scientific contortionists to make their case against the expert class consensus that dominated the pandemic mainstream. Labeling this speech “misinformation” and blaming it on “scientific illiteracy” and “ignorance,” the government conspired with Big Tech to aggressively suppress it, erasing the valid political concerns of the government’s opponents.

And this despite the fact that pandemic policy was created by a razor-thin sliver of American society who anointed themselves to preside over the working class—members of academia, government, medicine, journalism, tech, and public health, who are highly educated and privileged. From the comfort of their privilege, this elite prizes paternalism, as opposed to average Americans who laud self-reliance and whose daily lives routinely demand that they reckon with risk. That many of our leaders neglected to consider the lived experience of those across the class divide is unconscionable.

Incomprehensible to us due to this class divide, we severely judged lockdown critics as lazy, backwards, even evil. We dismissed as “grifters” those who represented their interests. We believed “misinformation” energized the ignorant, and we refused to accept that such people simply had a different, valid point of view.

We crafted policy for the people without consulting them. If our public health officials had led with less hubris, the course of the pandemic in the United States might have had a very different outcome, with far fewer lost lives.

Instead, we have witnessed a massive and ongoing loss of life in America due to distrust of vaccines and the healthcare systema massive concentration in wealth by already wealthy elitesa rise in suicides and gun violence especially among the poor; a near-doubling of the rate of depression and anxiety disorders especially among the younga catastrophic loss of educational attainment among already disadvantaged children; and among those most vulnerable, a massive loss of trust in healthcarescience, scientific authorities, and political leaders more broadly.

My motivation for writing this is simple: It’s clear to me that for public trust to be restored in science, scientists should publicly discuss what went right and what went wrong during the pandemic, and where we could have done better.

It’s OK to be wrong and admit where one was wrong and what one learned. That’s a central part of the way science works. Yet I fear that many are too entrenched in groupthink—and too afraid to publicly take responsibility—to do this.

Solving these problems in the long term requires a greater commitment to pluralism and tolerance in our institutions, including the inclusion of critical if unpopular voices.

Intellectual elitism, credentialism, and classism must end. Restoring trust in public health—and our democracy—depends on it.

 

Most Americans, including yours truly, were never in the dark over Covid. We know exactly what happened and how the media and government pushed a disaster on our country.

It was never about public health and safety. It’s about power. Government tyrants can’t do it alone. They have the backing of a fraudulent media, a compliant audience and a lying incompetent megalomaniac in charge of the nation’s health policies.

Liberal media and the Lockdown Cult members helped the government campaign of covidiocy hyperboleunconstitutional mandatesjackbooted ideas, and blatant lies.

Dem state officials held a competition to see which one could do the worst to civil liberties and constitutional rights.

People who didn’t buy into the paranoia were physically assaulted by unhinged mask Karens who couldn’t stand the thought of anyone going out into public without a force field on their face.  Crapweasels in Missouri reported people for ‘violating’ the unconstitutional lockdown. Somewhere, Heinrich Himmler is smiling.

This country was shut down over a virus with a 99.9% recovery rate.  26 million Americans became unemployed.  People lost their jobs, homes, livelihoods, and businesses because of this induced panic. The economic impact will take years to overcome.
The coronavirus is over. But the government will never forget how easy it was to take control of your life; to control every event, restaurant, sports facility, classroom, church, and even if you are allowed to leave your house.

I never wore a mask, period. I will not get any experimental government vaccine injected into my body.  I had covid in 2020. So did other members of my family. It sucked. It was like having a bad case of the flu for a couple of weeks, but we recovered just fine. That’s something the liberal media hacks and government won’t admit; the recovery rate far exceeds the fatalities.  And that the numbers of deaths from the virus were deliberately inflated.  Another fact they conveniently overlook is that 78% of people hospitalized with covid were obese or had pre-existing medical problems.

That’s not good for the narrative.

I don’t give a fuck if the terror-stricken hypochondriacs wear a full-body condom and hibernate forever. If they want to indulge their paranoia, be my guest. And they can take a jab for every “strain” they come up with to satisfy their insecurity. As for the rest of us, we trust our immune systems. Pfizer, Novartis, Moderna et al, not so much.

The Jab has produced quite a body count. Thousands of ‘fully vaccinated’ people have died or suffered debilitating effects after taking the vax.  The “died suddenly” pandemic among healthy athletes and teenagers should send a big red flag up the ass of the pro-vax morons. What a price to pay for blind obedience.

They called us grandma killers, Nazis, ‘deniers’, forced people out of their jobs,  and persecuted anyone who refused to join the hysteria.

Corrupt regimes push for behavior modification through propaganda and in this case, toxic chemicals.

Now at least one of them admits they were wrong after the damage was done.

 

 

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https://sfcmac.com/leftwing-rag-the-atlantic-wants-a-pandemic-amnesty-for-the-draconian-lockdowns-and-abuse-of-civil-liberties/

 

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