Public Health: Self-Inflicted Stupidity

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In truth, some people don’t learn from mistakes. They simply repeat them.

In the early days of Covid, government officials — including those in public health — put out an array of messages, apparently because they felt the need to say something, even though key facts about the disease were unknown at that time. Covid was a “meeting engagement” as a military historian might call it. We needed to learn about the enemy before we could offer sound advice.

The misinformation that was put out helped to create the anti-mask and anti-vaccine movements and contributed to the massive US death toll. Now those movements probably would have come into being without the help of inept public health experts, but they helped nurture stupidity just the same.

Did the public health community learn anything from this? Apparently not.

The new example is an article by Paul Pinsky of the National Cancer…

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