The Small Landlord Letter
Rental housing policy & naturally affordable housing
Lenore Monello Schloming
Skip Schloming Ph.D.
Mostly short comments, some longer ones, on housing issues and, given our varied experience, on other topics as well.
Why we did not get the true science on Covid
As any scientist would have known, we did not get the true science on Covid. We got instructions and mandates from a few official "experts," who claimed to base their decisions on "the science."
For example, we were not told: That masks are only slightly effective. That natural immunity from being infected is superior to immunity from vaccination (Dr. Fauci in 2004). That shutdowns were known to be ineffective but very costly in economic and psychological impacts (Wall Street Journal, 03/24/2022). That each new Covid variant was more contagious than the previous one, but not told that each new one was less serious than previously. To mention a few examples. According to the New York Times (02/20/2022), "a large amount of [Covid] data" was not released by the CDC.
Why were we not given all the available science? Because the science would have allowed every citizen to decide individually what to do to protect themselves from Covid. It would also have allowed many other medical and public heath experts (besides the official experts) to come up with their own recommendations. Knowing the science, yes, we might have made many different decisions and been given various recommendations on how best to protect ourselves. But with these different decisions and recommendations, we would soon have been able to see which one were most effective and which were not. And then, we could reevaluate our private decisions.
Without the science publicly available, however, a select few government officials (the "experts") were allowed to make one recommendation, one mandate, for each population group, which would apply to everyone in each group. But then, we would NOT be able to judge whether these singular government recommendations and mandates were right or wrong -- because we would not have any alternative evidence on what really works or does not work. Without the science, we would have no way to know if the government mandates were right or wrong.
In other words, providing scientific evidence to the public and allowing decisions to occur at the local or individual level will result in better decisions in the long run than top-down, one-size-fits-all decision-making.