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Scientists must look dispassionately at Covid-19 so they can see what it is, not what they fear: rushed science can be bad science

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29.03.2020

It is inevitable that the “something must be done” demands to stem the coronavirus are placing immense pressure upon governments and scientists. At times like these, there is a tendency to shut down debate, to become increasingly intolerant of different views, disagreements and challenges.

But challenging the experts has become a fundamental part of defeating Covid-19, not a divergence from this fight.

The worst mistake we can make is to entertain the childish notion that there is an answer, a simple scientific truth waiting to be discovered by the experts, if we just let them get on with it.

This is wrong for two reasons.

First, science does not work like that. Healthcare and science is a field that is characterized by doubts rather than certainty. As Dr John Lee, a retired professor of pathology and an NHS consulting pathologist explains, in one of the best articles so far on Covid-19, different interpretations of the current data do exist and should be welcomed. Some may be correct or might be closer to the truth. These........

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