“A lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science.”

“So if you are trying to get at me as a public health official and a scientist, you’re really attacking not only Dr. Anthony Fauci. You are attacking science.”

This is incredible.
Everything comes back to absolving public health officials of responsibility, laundering value judgments, trade-offs implicit in their guidelines and statements as empirical truth.

I am science, and science is me. To doubt me is to doubt science.

Siri, show me a golden calf.
People are cheekily replying with “La science, c’est moi!” but I really do think “L’état, c’est science” is our trajectory, covid aside.

Self-rationalizing technocratic neoliberalism, the iron cage eventually subsuming the organization of knowledge itself.

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10 Jun
Today the FDA convened its advisory panel to review data on vaccine safety surveillance and pediatric EUA.

Panelists didn’t agree covid on its own currently constitutes an “emergency” for kids, hospitalization- or morbidity-wise. (The “E” in EUA.)

Let that sink in.
This is a member of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, mind you, not some anon Twitter account named LetRRip42069.

Believing this disease simply doesn’t constitute an emergency for kids isn’t a fringe view. It’s what’s supported by the data. Image
To be clear nothing was “decided” today in this meeting; data was presented and discussed. But the point is, well, the point is that anyone On Here who tells you it’s Settled Science™ that covid itself is an emergency threat to children is blowing smoke up your ass.
Read 4 tweets
3 Jun
This is a great article, but keep in mind that epistemic closure among academics, the media, and policymakers over acknowledging this plausibility is just the latest and most visible manifestation of the problem... and not the problem itself:

This is not an isolated incident. It’s more and more how the media—how everything—operates, in our modern communications environment. We’re circling the drain here.
The latest gaseous burp of a larger Thing simmering under the surface:

“‘People are afraid to speak honestly,’ said a doctor who immigrated to the US from the Soviet Union. ‘It’s like back to the USSR, where you could only speak to the ones you trust.’”

Read 4 tweets
26 May
“Overall, the risk to children is too low to justify the remaining restrictions they face.”

Four women—all physicians, epidemiologists, or infectious disease experts—make the case that a return to fully normal activities, sports, and schools cannot wait.

Just how small are the odds of getting infected?

Adult vaccination has drastically lowered incidence among children. Right now, the chance of any close, asymptomatic contact transmitting covid-19 to a child is .00007%.

That’s a 1-in-1,400,000 chance.

Even at the height of the pandemic, kids were at exceedingly low risk of hospitalization. Covid-19 was, and remains, less dangerous to children than seasonal influenza; MIS-C and pediatric “long covid,” despite popular belief, were also rare.

Read 4 tweets
24 May
Please note that @voxdotcom is now retroactively editing past articles (from early-pandemic) that treat the accidental lab leak theory as settled bunkum... and not disclosing within the article that these edits are being made.
Maybe they’ll add that editor’s note? (They have not to these articles, as of this moment.)
There’s a critique of all of this showing how public opinion is manufactured, obviously, but also one that highlights the gaping epistemic vulnerability inherent in delineating what is acceptable scientific pursuit.

Add reflexive political opposition to the mix and we’re cooked.
Read 4 tweets
22 May
This set of short interviews with fully-vaccinated people who are still terrified is unsurprisingly depressing, and makes me hate our panic porn-fueled media more than I already did.

A few common themes run through their responses...

Really, really bad at risk calculation:

“We decided after we were vaccinated that we would go on a vacation. We will only drive for the foreseeable future — I don't want to get on a plane.”
Gross misunderstanding of transmission pathways, including continuing to obsess over fomites:

“I won't let [my children] sit on my bed in street clothes. I have them change because they've been out and exposed.”
Read 7 tweets
19 May
Schrödinger’s Fauci ends up on every side, and no side, of any given issue because he’s trying to manipulate behavior rather than communicate science.

Half-baked pop psychology is leading to ever-more-incoherent contradictions and reversals. As a result, people tune him out.🧵
Last month, Dr. Fauci testified before Congress and was explicitly asked whether his own mask-wearing, long after full vaccination, primarily served a social signaling purpose—as opposed to being about protecting himself, the wearer (and others).
Was his mask biologically necessary post-vax? That’s what he was asked to answer.

“If you already have immunity, you’re wearing a mask to give comfort to others,” went the questioning. “You are not wearing a mask for any science.”

His response?

Science says they’re necessary.
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