In the new year, let's resolve to avoid another COVID sequel at all costs

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Sequels are dicey things. At their best they bring clarity and greater scope to a story. But too often they are mostly just a rehash of the same characters and plot with slightly different costumes and settings, recreating what has already been. The year 2021, as it slips behind us, was a terrible sequel. Frankly, in 2022, we do not need another.

From the moment the COVID virus and its eventual myriad variants arrived from China we have made one central mistake over and over. In our fear we mistook science for reason. In the desire so many of us had for objective rules to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe we pretended that such a thing is possible. That isn’t reason, it’s faith.

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Perhaps nowhere has this been more clear than in the elevation of certain scientists into almost holy and infallible figures while others were at best ignored and at worst smeared as ignorant hacks. 

Scientists skeptical of lockdowns and severe restrictions such as Drs. Scott Atlas and Jay Bhattacharya don’t exactly have their offices on the D train. They are

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