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Excited to share my commentary today in @Nature on how science has been hijacked to manufacture doubt and delay effective public health policy action during the #COVID19 pandemic. A brief thread #CDOH #agnotology #merchantsofdoubt 1/
During the pandemic, scientists have encountered many problematic studies. As we attempt to deconstruct them one at a time, we need to step back & observe a larger pattern: these studies generate controversy and cast doubt, which impedes timely, effective action. 2/
There are many, many examples, ranging from studies/commentaries that have repeatedly claimed we've reached herd immunity to those that question whether children can be infected/transmit to those questioning masks & vaccines. 3/
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It’s exactly the same as absolutely ludicrous instructions to the 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿public to “proceed with caution” & “remain vigilant” given by @BorisJohnson & @Conservatives in July.

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@10DowningStreet @sajidjavid @RishiSunak @CMO_England @uksciencechief
@PHE_uk
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In the weeks since Jul 19, we’ve seen the slow but sure abandonment of #COVID restrictions
V few 😷s in indoor public places, 5-10% ppl are still wearing them, if that.

Festivals are happening, nightclubs are open, there’s virtually nothing that’s out of #Covid19UK bounds.
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#SocialDistancing gone!

Restrictions on numbers gathering anywhere gone!

“But don’t worry guys, as long as you wash your hands singing Happy Birthday” & coat yourself liberally in hand gel, the #DeltaVariant (OF AN AIRBORNE🦠) won’t get you!”
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1/4 @GMB & @BBCBreakfast what was the issue?

Did showing the many scenes of foul-mouthed, aggressive, reckless & idiotic “fans” wrecking everything in sight not fit w/ the ridiculous notion that we can rely on PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY from July 19th to keep us safe from #COVID19?
2/ I suspect asking any of them to continue to #WearAMask indoors in crowded, poorly ventilated areas next week will be greeted w/ a similarly irresponsible & ignorant response.

It’s worth noting that this reprehensible behaviour was PRE-MATCH, this was them in an EXCITED MOOD!
3/ I daren’t imagine their response to being told that #FreedomDay is NOT QUITE HERE YET & that the public need to be patient & tolerant for a bit longer.
& imagine the outrage when they discover that we should’ve focused on SHARED AIR rather than wet-wiping & hand-sanitising!
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