To the Editor:
“Follow, but always at a distance” would have been a better title for your post. How much better would we all be if we just waited for all of the facts, tests and experiments to play out rather than rush in with the data we know today. It is so much easier to make evaluations on what we should have done the day prior.
I would challenge your position as the firefighters have to make split decisions on how to get the fire out in a building with people in it. Our police first responders need to make split decisions on the best way to stop an active shooter. I am sure in both examples, teams would rather delay to gather more facts about what they need to do, but none of the victims would appreciate the extended responses.
I think believing in the science generated from the majority of scientists is as good as it is ever going to get in an emergency or pandemic situation. Love to have more time to evaluate all of our decisions, but when our hospitals are taking beds for people who believe their rights to decide on getting a vaccine do not impact others, I think you need to refine your message.
Your statement, “To be clear, this newspaper is neither anti-mask nor anti-vaccine …” is clearly rebutted by your previous statement “We are trying to sell scientific opinion as scientific fact ….” You are encouraging people to keep gathering information while the building is burning.
How assuring for the people in the building to know the firefighters are trying to learn more about the effects of heat before they come to their rescue.