Science in Pandemic Mode: The Strange Case of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force

“This overview suggests that the Task Force is hardly acting as a scientific advisory committee, conscious of the limits of its mandate, concerned about the complexity of public health issues (where even the best-intentioned measures can prove deleterious), and eager to demonstrate the greatest possible methodological rigor, by being transparent about both the sources it is using and the unknowns that still accompany the current knowledge.

It is also somewhat disturbing that these alleged experts in public health policy seem to give little weight to avoiding inflammatory statements, which end up confusing and frightening the public. For more than a year now, the population has been in a permanent state of anxiety and must face every day both alarmist media coverage and the undeniable weight of far-reaching restrictions, which have a considerable impact on private and professional life.

The profile of the Task Force, with its public interventions, is increasingly resembling that of a pressure group, whose aim seems to be to promote a given strategy, even if it means imposing it through a selective reading of “science”, and which seems to have no intention either of acknowledging its past errors of appreciation or of learning from them.

The Task Force has had more than ten months to show what it is capable of. The time seems to have come for the legislative power – whose silence has been deafening since the beginning of this crisis – and the people to ask themselves whether they wish to see this group of experts continue to exist and work as it has done so far.”

Deutsch: https://www.re-check.ch/wordpress/fr/wissenschaft-pandemie-task-force/

French: https://www.re-check.ch/wordpress/fr/science-pandemique-task-force/

English: https://www.re-check.ch/wordpress/en/science-pandemic-task-force/

Soins intensifs saturés et appels à l’aide des hôpitaux: le journalisme pandémique a encore frappé

par Catherine Riva, Serena Tinari – Re-Check.ch
7 novembre 2020

Une couverture média très émotionnelle sur les taux d’occupation des unités de soins intensifs en contexte COVID19 sévit actuellement en Suisse.

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