- Oct 2, 2019
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- Political Leaning
Covid Spread Can’t Only Be Explained by Who’s Being ‘Bad’
Seeing disease in moral terms seems to be the American way. But scientists still have a lot of questions.
By Faye Flam
There are some weird things going on in the coronavirus data. It’s curious that cases dropped so fast, and have stayed pretty low, in the spring hot zones — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. And why did cases remain so low in Idaho and Hawaii until recently?
The mainstream narrative is that it’s all about good behavior when cases go down — mask wearing and giving up our social lives for the greater good. And conversely, bad behavior must be what makes them go up. We talk about certain regions having the virus “under control,” as if falling cases are purely a matter of will-power. A sort of moral reasoning is filling in for evidence.
Bloomberg - Are you a robot?
It's nice that someone in the media picked up on something I've been saying here and elsewhere all along.
We are also facing a pandemic of cherrypicking Covid data to fit whatever their preferred political narrative is.
If Hollywood celebrities have been convinced it's all about masks and restaurant closings then surely it must be.
The media performance on this issue has been irresponsible. Little different than the Hollywood celebrities. Since one does not even see disconfirming evidence raised, one wonders if they even know it exists.
Instead its more stories about people who won't wear masks getting into fights in stores.
And let me state I am not "anti mask". I wear one because I figure it can't hurt. Masks are just one of the issues.
The real issue is there is a lot that we don't know. A real discussion should reflect that. A scientific discussion should certainly entertain disconfirming data.
It's a good rule of thumb that if your theory can't explain some data your theory is wrong.