Dr. Doom fears a COVID variant worse than Delta could be coming – Axios

Public health’s non-stop fear mongering: There is no hope, only despair. There is no end – we will be locked up, wearing face masks and prohibited from travel the rest of our lives. This is useless, non-actionable public health speculation – because they do not know and they have no effective plan to deal with … Continue reading Dr. Doom fears a COVID variant worse than Delta could be coming – Axios

Pandemic Fears: When the ‘availability heuristic’ meets ‘belief bias’

The scientists and epidemiologists directing COVID policy claim there is substantial evidence to support mitigation policies, such as social distancing, mask mandates, and school closures. To be sure, laboratory studies (and common sense) show that people cannot infect each other if sufficiently separated and that masks greatly reduce airborne virus. The real world is messy … Continue reading Pandemic Fears: When the ‘availability heuristic’ meets ‘belief bias’

“Conflicting, confusing and unjustifiably fear-based”

Sounds like my frequent quote that public health messaging has been inconsistent, contradictory, illogical and often incoherent. By the way, I have huge respect for Dr. Gandhi. She not only goes by evidence, she actively listens to input on social media and responds. This is how public health must operate – not “Tell” but “Sell” … Continue reading “Conflicting, confusing and unjustifiably fear-based”

Fear is us!

Let us make sure all children suffer from generalized anxiety disorder: WASHINGTON (SBG) — As the pandemic’s hold on our country begins to loosen, students are returning to school, bringing the threat of school shootings along with them. The spate of recent shootings is reinforcing the need to make sure our children are prepared for … Continue reading Fear is us!

Fear levels remain strong: 10% of employees say nothing will make them feel safe in the work place re: Covid-19

Public health’s disastrous messaging, and the media’s fear mongering have led to this: The survey’s findings point to many Americans’ lingering anxieties about the pandemic and challenges employers may face as they try to hire workers. Source: A return to the office will be hampered by lingering Covid fears, survey finds Most have a great … Continue reading Fear levels remain strong: 10% of employees say nothing will make them feel safe in the work place re: Covid-19

Follow up: Travel, spring break, “new spike in cases” feared

Experts are worried some Americans are letting up too early — at a critical time when looming dangers are threatening to wipe out the progress the US has made in its battle against Covid-19. Source: US Coronavirus: A concerning variant is about to become dominant in the US, experts say, and how Americans act could … Continue reading Follow up: Travel, spring break, “new spike in cases” feared

Irrational Covid Fears – The New York Times

It’s a classic example of human irrationality about risk. We often underestimate large, chronic dangers, like car crashes or chemical pollution, and fixate on tiny but salient risks, like plane crashes or shark attacks. One way for a risk to become salient is for it to be new. That’s a core idea behind Calabresi’s fable. … Continue reading Irrational Covid Fears – The New York Times