THIS is what they should have said in the spring of 2020 instead of speaking from positions of authority and expertise:
Experts say what comes next is hard to predict, and we often do not know why the virus spreads the way it does.
Source: What Previous Covid-19 Waves Tell Us About the Virus Now
If the “experts” had been honest from the beginning, they would not have shredded their own credibility. It’s okay not to know the answer – but it is not okay to pretend you know the answer when you do not, and to then set policies based on erroneous religious beliefs.