Information is crucial; what is reliable information and what is not is often difficult to say. It has always been that way yet distrust in information providers never seems to have been bigger. So who can we trust, who should we listen to? I'm sorry to say that I do not have an answer but I can tell you what I do and what I don't. And, how I react to what I hear. For now, that is.
I do not listen to politicians, I listen to scientists. The reason is simple: Politicians need to please people, their goal is to win majorities, they're in the game of personal interests. And so they fight their opponents instead of the virus. Needless to say, I do not expect them to change
Scientists are in the business of proven facts and not of wishful thinking, hopes and dreams that got us where we are today. I listen to them because they study, think and analyse before they say something. I suppose, they do not simply rely on their gut feeling
No, I do not believe that science has the answer to the present pandemic. In fact, nobody in the Western World has it. But my trust in medical historians, virologists and epidemiologists far outweighs my faith in self-serving professional approval seekers who behave pretty much like their electorate, spoiled children, that is.
People strive for certainty despite the fact that the only certainty in life is death. Likewise ... For the full op-ed, see here