My hat off to the well-penned letter by Mark Conley. I echo his point of view regarding reporting on
COVID-19. I have had many of the same thoughts over the past weeks. The news outlets more often serve up data as information. We have far too many people holding themselves out as experts when in fact they are more likely to be serving up their opinion expecting us to buy into as fact, so as to further their political agenda or person bias. In my opinion, most of them don’t know squat. I now apply my own litmus test to what I am told by news organizations. I ask myself, and they know this how? That generally allows me to sift through whether or not I am listening to someone’s opinion or if I am listening to fact and information.
For instance, whatever happened to the early-on reports that blood type potentially played a role in whether you got the disease, or the severity of the illness? Did that pan out to have any validity? Well it turns out there have been several studies done on the question of blood type and COVID-19 (Harvard Medical, MIT, New England Journal of Medicine). But the news organizations — at least the ones I follow — are not reporting on any of the research or the findings. I will save you the suspense, they are not all in agreement but still helpful information. Why not report on that?
Another example: The other morning, Surgeon General Jerome Adams was interviewed on a national network. He made a statement to the effect that 50% of the people testing positive are asymptomatic. The anchors of the news show didn’t ask one follow-up question about what he said, which was news to me. Shouldn’t we know more information about this cohort? Why not do some investigative journalism and provide us with more information?
Also, I would like to know what we mean when we hear the now-mundane mantra, “follow the science.” Can someone tell me what “the science” is so I can follow it please? You might as well tell me to follow the yellow brick road. If by “the science” we mean wear masks, social distance and wash our hands, then so be it. That isn’t science to me, but if that is what we mean, just let me know.