There is still much to learn about the coronavirus, COVID the disease and COVID vaccines. Early in the pandemic, our knowledge was minimal. But even then, because of what we learned from Italy and the Princess cruise ship, it was becoming obvious COVID was a disease that targeted the old and those with certain comorbidities. Instead of using that information, public health officials pursued a one-size-fits-all response that relied heavily on creating a state of fear to ensure compliance. They also kept moving the goalposts. For example, we went from a two-week shutdown to flatten the curve to zero COVID. From masks weren’t necessary to a single mask wasn’t adequate. From a vaccine that would prevent infection to a vaccine that would reduce severity of the disease.
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