Science is neither conservative nor liberal, but the pursuit of truth.
The truth simply is; thus, scientists have little power to change their stance. It is politicians who choose how they respond to it. Welcome or not, we don’t choose the truth or what the evidence seems to suggest.
The painting depicts Dr. Li Wenliang, who died following attempts to warn others about a SARS-like outbreak in Wuhan, China. It imagines an alternate reality where he lived and fought other types of censorship, the kind where you don’t have to silence anyone because no one will believe the truth.
The US learned about the outbreak on Jan 3 and the President heard on Jan 18. Still, no evidence-based action capable of stopping the virus from spreading throughout America happened until March 16, 2020. Travel bans were both unable to help at the time they began on Feb 2 and experts informed congress about this in clear testimony on Feb 5.
You can find citations and more information about the sequence of events here:
The Timeline I wish Americans Would See
Timeline covering the pandemic and how the US, WHO, and China responded along the way.
The likely devastating consequences of this misstep and failure to contain increasingly implied the extent of the damage was far greater than anyone imagined.
I feared that those in power would be tempted to cover it up because they could do little to excuse it, in view of all facts.
That the public was likely not to know about the Congressional Testimony on Feb 5 and highly polarized rhetoric among elected officials only increased my concerns about the potential for a future where politicians discredited scientists.
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