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There are 2 comments on Rebuilding Public Trust in Science

  1. We cannot rebuild public trust until we clearly understand the reason that it has eroded.

    It is *not* because scientists do not disseminate their knowledge enough, but rather because some scientists and public health officials brazenly and repeatedly chose to make statements that were beyond the available scientific evidence.

    They insisted on extreme social distancing measures for an airborne virus, when there was no evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of this mitigation. They
    declared that masks were effective in preventing spread of COVID when there was no convincing evidence to this effect (and reason to doubt it). They insisted that vaccination can prevent COVID transmission when there was no convincing evidence to demonstrate this.

    The solution is not to give these scientists a bigger megaphone through which to blast their half-baked theories at a vulnerable population, but to hold them accountable for making statements, as experts, that are not properly substantiated by the available science.

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