Dr. Vinay Prasad on COVID

“What I find most troubling is that we [in the medical field] were a bit dishonest in saying we had more confidence than we really did,” says Vinay Prasad, a practicing hematologist-oncologist and associate professor in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. Communication about the certainty of evidence is where I’ve been the most critical about the pandemic response. In fact, it is a lot more uncertain.

Prasad, a outspoken and consistent individual criticThe podcast’s host is also a critic of America’s incompetent, censorious and excessively invasive response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Plenary SessionIt covers medicine as well as health policy. He talked to Reason Concerning the significant loss of public trust that the public health agency, medical professionals, and science took during the pandemic, insisting that Americans blindly “trust” science.

Prasad says it is more complicated than “the science.” It’s science and values, as well as the preferences and desires of the people. My concern is with scientists who have in their heads a particular policy conclusion they desire. To get their policy decision, they exaggerate the scientific certainty. That is the scientist using the scientific role to take over politics, and thereby, I believe, the values, preferences, and interests of society. As citizens, they can replace the existing values and preferences with their own. [that doesn’t mean]They should have the upper hand over their privacy and values.

Prasad was the one who spoke to There are reasons Concerning the inability to lockdown, enforce overzealous vaccine and mask mandates as well as unscientific school closings and restraints on children. This is because “groupthink” overtook medical institutions early in the pandemic. It’s something doctors, scientists, and public health officials must overcome if they are ever to win back the trust of the public.

“TPrasad says that the people who spoke of cancel culture as being problematic in all areas of life are on to something. Prasad says, “I am 100 percent certain that many scientists who could comment on COVID-19 are self-censored.” You’re only hearing a tiny portion of scientists that actually are doing research. The average scientist’s thoughts on masking 2-year-olds and vaccinating 5-year-old mandates are not known. Because they don’t have any professional advantage, they remain very silent. There is only one professional down side.”

Prasad said that it was important for medical professionals to have the courage and honesty to tell the truth if they wish to restore trust in the public, as well as save future generations from permanent harm.

Prasad says there are many people that study early-life course development. They also study socioeconomics, which explains why they often study disparities. “If you are silent on school closure…masking kids and these issues, this is the greatest issue in your career, in your lifetime. It’s going to be a thousand times, 10,000 times more impactful…If you’re in this business because you want to make a difference, this is the issue. This is where you can make a real difference. This issue is not going to be solved in five years.

Interview with Zach Weissmueller, edited by Adam Czarnecki.