He's a dreamer

 From Marty Makary in the WSJ:

Some medical experts privately agreed with my prediction that there may be very little Covid-19 by April but suggested that I not to talk publicly about herd immunity because people might become complacent and fail to take precautions or might decline the vaccine. But scientists shouldn’t try to manipulate the public by hiding the truth.


Grim said...

"Antibody testing doesn’t capture antigen-specific T-cells, which develop “memory” once they are activated by the virus. Survivors of the 1918 Spanish flu were found in 2008—90 years later—to have memory cells still able to produce neutralizing antibodies."

Now that's kind of cool.

Texan99 said...

I agree! I'm afraid there's a lot of incomplete and overly pessimistic information circulating about immunity and long-term risk, and the author correctly perceives that that's partly because our behavior is being managed.

The thing is, they can lose their ability to manage us with messages if they give us the impression their word is no good.

David Foster said...

Attempts are made to 'manage' the American people as if all we were was *consumers*, ignoring the fact that American citizens are also decision-making participants in government.

If the management of a company is overly successful at 'managing' their Board of Directors, bad things are likely sooner or later to happen.

Texan99 said...

Lying can be self-correcting--unless it's reinforced by censorship. Censorship is like price controls. It erases the signals we need to correct course.

douglas said...

What's truly stunning is their inability to see the damage they've *already* caused to their reputations by 'managing' the message and the populous before. They refuse to learn from their past mistakes, and continue to damage their reputations further.