The link isn’t terribly useful other than as an example. Basically, knowledge about the Novel Coronavirus has evolved rapidly and Fauci stated, and advised President Trump, based on the state of knowledge at the moment, which often was shown to be wrong in a few weeks. One of the problems is that Fauci, himself, can’t seem to remember what he said last week, and criticizes Trump for acting or speaking on the advice he gave him a week earlier. And Trump, of course, reacts to criticism.
Democrats and the press add fuel to the fire by treating Fauci as a god, and then blasting Trump in hindsight for saying the same thing Fauci said.
For example, Trump is being criticized for saying that the virus would burn out in the summer, yet Fauci himself predicted that, because other coronaviruses such as MERS, SARS and the common cold did not spread in summer he expected the same would happen with COVID-19. Fauci was more guarded in his wording but they basically said the same thing. But no one seems to remember Fauci saying that, yet the statement is raised against Trump every time the virus is discussed. (You might remember one small voice pointing out that since the virus was spreading in Thailand in March, where it is hot and muggy all year, that might not be so.)
President Trump, based on early, anecdotal reports, said that hydrochloroquine might be a game changer, and immediately the partisan establishment set out to disprove the usefulness of the drug, and based on testing on gravely ill patients late in the course of the disease, triumphantly declared Trump wrong. But those studies did not use the drug as recommended by its advocates, early in the course of the disease, in combination with Zinc and an antibiotic. Yet for over a month, the use of HCQ was discouraged based on that study before the Ford Health Care network proved that used early as intended it cut the death rate and development of serious disease in half. How many died or spent weeks on a ventilator because of that rush to prove Trump wrong?
When a new and different disease comes along, early guesses at what will happen will often prove to be wrong later. That is to be expected, and policy should change as knowledge develops, but in this day of “gotcha” politics, that leads to people digging in their heels when they should change course.
Just as bad, issues get mixed. Much of the current anti-mask sentiment in Virginia, and around the country, is a misplaced reaction to Northam’s gloating over gun control as 2nd Amendment advocates took up opposing anything Northam said as a liberty issue. Right now, if Northam said the sky is blue, there would be protests that it was indeed orange.
This injection of politics into science started with climate change and has become toxic to the extreme. Missteps will be made in every field of science as knowledge evolves, Richard Feynman told us that science was the process of proving the experts to be wrong, and that is not a criticism of the experts, but an acknowledgment that science changes with new knowledge.
It is time to drop the politicization of science and medicine before it kills us.