‘Powerful division’ among public health leaders over how to pivot Covid-19 messaging – CNN

by | Sep 6, 2022 | COVID-19

Among public health leaders, there has been growing division around this pivot, and that stems from frustration around how the pandemic has been managed in the United States, said Art Caplan, founding head of the division of medical ethics at “This is the most powerful division I can think of among mainstream public health people,” Caplan said.”By the way, it reinforces something else: It’s a division based on ethics. It’s not about science,” he added. “It’s a fight about, what do you do at this point about Covid? Do you double down and mandate masking and mandate vaccination and insist that for schools to open, they have to improve ventilation and insist on testing? Or do you just sort of say, ‘people are tired. They don’t want to do it anymore. We can’t make them. We’ll have to live with it.’ “Since Covid-19 arrived, there has been a constant division among public health experts on what mitigation measures should be in place and how to communicate those measures — “it’s just that the proportion has changed,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at At the height of the pandemic, “when we were losing 2,000 to 3,000 Americans a day, I think the mainstream public health and scientific communities were all on the same page. This was a devastating pandemic. This was a leading cause of death on a daily basis in the United States. We had to do everything we could to protect lives, encourage vaccinations and max out in NPI …

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