It Was Called “The Science”
“For his honesty and integrity leading up to and directly following the shuttle disaster, Roger Boisjoly was awarded the Prize for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Many colleges and universities have also used the accident in classes on the ethics of engineering“
The lack of genuinely science driven policy has resulted in many ten’s of thousands of US deaths (perhaps as high as a few hundred thousand), countless hospitalizations, and long-term sequelae. Inept policy drove people indoors via the “Stay At Home” orders all around the nation. The larger viral loads encountered indoors tend to increase the viral damage that occurs before the adaptive immune system can respond. We saw cases, hospitalizations, and deaths spike during the holidays as a result. But never did we see any government statements encouraging family gatherings to be done outdoors. Instead, just the incompetent unrealistic mantra, “stay at home and don’t visit with your family”, which was so unrealistic it was widely ignored, while more practical messaging such as “enjoy relationships outdoors or in well ventilated environments” would have met much greater logical understanding and acceptance.
Medical protocols encouraging invasive intubation resulted in a great number of needless deaths. Lack of timely EUA of early-use of light steroids ICS such as budesonide/ciclesonide before too-late-use of heavy steroids such as dexamethasone missed another opportunity to reduce severe cases and death. Ignoring calls from the UK and the at-large medical community to focus on dose 1 distribution and follow-up with dose 2 at a later time prevented timely vaccination that would have prevented further death and hospitalization as shown by the UK real-world data. It also resulted in US hoarding of vaccine that could have better met worldwide needs and further reduced variant development.
While it’s not fully understood how the policy elite could have errored so horribly, it somewhat appears as if far too many health policy makers hadn’t considered a default response based on text book immunology, were too co-mingled with big-pharma, created too many unhelpful fear-based narratives, missed obvious common-sense solutions such as encouraging outdoor recreation, healthful activity, and ventilation improvements; but instead helped foment a great deal of unnecessary mental-illness, civic strife, economic damage, many trillions in national debt, and homelessness.
It is truly a pity that a small group of medical-elites were given such great control and made such large scientific errors in the face of common-sense available to the many who rapidly saw the flaws of these failed policies. Far too little success occurred in striking a balance in developing holistic epidemiologic interventions that consider the effects of these interventions on economic, civic, social, and mental health, which have pathologies within their own realms. Far too little effort was allocated to education that could have empowered people to optimize their personal response and avoid the pitfalls of a one-size-fits-all edict from authoritarians who compounded the error of excess authority with horrible errors in judgement.
Many lives could have been saved if policy makers had used their platform to message something realistic and driven by science such as: