Thursday, November 19, 2020

Does Science Really Demand that Bars and Restaurants Close?

Does Science Really Demand that Bars and Restaurants Close?

"It’s Now Up to Governors to Slow the Spread,” says a Wall Street Journal article — written by board members of pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Illumina, Johnson and Johnson and Cigna. It encourages states and governors to band together and implement restrictions “focus[ed] on known sources of spread, such as bars and nightclubs.”

...But there’s just one small problem: ‘the science’ isn’t really there. 

In fact, the only evidence we have is circumstantial: all we have are data simulations (in other words, predictions), case studies followed up with contact tracing, and… that’s it...

Our governors say they are following the science, and therefore these stringency and shutdown measures are required to prevent severe outcomes. 

None of these studies document severe outcomes — they don’t tell us whether the other customers in the restaurants, bar or buses suffered symptoms, were hospitalised, required intensive care or ended up passing away. 

Until we start questioning “the science” or demand that our policymakers stop hiding behind the boastful yet ambiguous label of “science” and adequately identify precisely what evidence they are following, we will be sucked into an endless spiral of cyclical shutdowns. ..

For all we know, the science may be deeply flawed. Worse, it may not even exist."

No comments: