Every public health emergency, including and especially COVID-19, is critically dependent on evidence-informed policy and practice (this is why HIFA has a dedicated project on this subject: http://www.hifa.org/projects/evidence-informed-policy-and-practice). Sadly, with COVID-19 we are repeatedly and increasingly seeing the opposite of evidence-informed policymaking - where even heads of state and coronavirus 'experts' spread misinformation, apparently for political reasons, rather than evidence for public health.
Extract below from NBC News. Full text: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/redfield-voices-alarm-ove...
WASHINGTON — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has grown increasingly concerned that President Donald Trump, pushed by a new member of his coronavirus task force, is sharing incorrect information about the pandemic with the public.
Dr. Robert Redfield, who leads the CDC, suggested in a conversation with a colleague Friday that Dr. Scott Atlas is arming Trump with misleading data about a range of issues, including questioning the efficacy of masks, whether young people are susceptible to the virus and the potential benefits of herd immunity.
"Everything he says is false," Redfield said during a phone call made in public on a commercial airline and overheard by NBC News...
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