Truth and COVID-19

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Posted: Jul 20, 2021 12:01 AM

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In the 1950s there was a quiz show called “To Tell the Truth.” It has been reborn several times but retained its original format. A celebrity panel would try to discover which one of three contestants was telling the truth, as all claimed to be the same person with identical backgrounds.

I thought of that show in relation to the conflicting stories and claims that have come from “experts” during the last 16 months of the pandemic. People, including two U.S. presidents, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have all made statements which, at the time, they claimed were accurate and based on science, but turned out to be inaccurate.

Dr. Ghebreyesus, initially dismissed allegations the virus originated in a Wuhan, China laboratory, as “extremely unlikely.” Now, he says, he was “premature” to rule out

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