I guess the research wasn't so clear then. The pandemicists will now begin to say many stupid things, as they beat a hasty retreat from policies that are more and more universally repudiated.
The problem is not so much that these losers--and I apologize in advance for saying that--said stupid things back in the day. The problem is that they said them without proper evidence, imposed their will as if they were justified, and vilified anyone who questioned them. Even worse, they will "forget" all this and ask to be forgiven, for "doing the best they could at the time." That is complete horse feces, but it won't stop the next such occurrence.
I'm a mother of 5. This is exactly the kind of non-apology I refuse to accept from my children. "The belief did not prove to be correct" should be "I was wrong." Just like "the milk spilled" should be "I spilled the milk." Data being misinterpreted (despite intentions) is NOT the data's fault. It is the interpreters fault. Just as milk doesn't spill without a spiller. I don't care if you meant to spill the milk. The result is the same and you must take responsibility and clean it up.
As the vaccinators start to gloss over their many sins, ask for forgiveness and amnesty, we must remember that all over the world, anyone who dared raise a finger in protest and/or did not comply was threatened, fined, imprisoned, harassed etc.
Specific scientists and modelers that got this wrong must be named and shamed. I recently saw a summary of Neil Ferguson's record for projecting pandemic deaths for the past 10-20 years. The difference between his projections and actual deaths is beyond parody.
The era of nameless experts needs to end. These people need to wear their horrible track records like a scarlet letter.
We need some sort of central database to collect all the "oops, we were wrong" statements coming out about the covid response.
It was three weeks ago, I think, that Dr. Lena Wen disclosed that covid deaths were overstated.
You're right: there will be more of this ass-covering doublespeak.
I stopped trusting this bunch about two years ago.
But that's the thing. We did know. I am a mom in Tennessee and I knew. I looked at what was happening around me, and a number of news sources. How did the people in charge not know?
It's the same as with the Emily-amnesty-person at The Atlantic, same with Scott Adams, same with the company I do contract work for which JUST last week sent out an email rescinding their odious vaccine mandate, saying that at all times they followed the recommendations of Public Health. None of them have learned a thing, none of them admit they were wrong, all of them pass the blame onto someone else, they all say those of us who paid attention to actual data and science just happened to get lucky. No real repentance or awareness except in a very few rare individuals.
Americans call this a "limited hangout": offer a limited admission of certain errors (often with some expedient scapegoat), to create the impression of good faith and transparency.
Once again, “The Experts” have been forced into admitting they were wrong. Never trust them.
Governments, like doctors, bury their mistakes. I do think things will return to what they were before the hysteria set in but it will be years before that process is complete. It seems to me that the governments of a few decades ago would never have allowed themselves to fall for the nonsense. The question is what has changed and finding the correct answers will be crucial to the long-term future of the West.
They loved the power that the tyranny afforded them.
They say this, when at the same time schools in South Korea and other countries never closed and never had a high uptick in cases. In addition, even I know that there were studies saying that kids don't carry the same burden of infection in their nasal passages as adults do. But they're the "experts" I guess.
"... many of us spent a good part of November 2020 pointing precisely at these numbers, only to be thoroughly ignored." - or worse: demonized and canceled.
Nick Hudson at PANDA predicted that people such as Lauterbach would throw people like Dorsten "under the bus".
I disagree for one reason: people like Dorsten know too much about people like Lauterbach. The internal accounting will be difficult. Everybody will be watching his/her own back.
It seems like these guys affirmed all of a sudden that 2+2=5 therefore denying ages of simple arithmetic. Then they come back saying that yes 2+2=4 but at that time we didn’t know. No way, there were 100 years of medical history on pandemics....we knew but someone decided to make a mess.
Very good that he blames "the scientists", and I hope "the scientists" will blame him right back. Nothing better than a public ass-covering fight.
But "the scientists" probably will not dare to do, they know that Lauterbach is the bigger cog than them. And they also know that just like the last time with swine flu, everything will be forgotten after a few years.
Unless people really wake up to what terrible harm has been done this time.