By The Sign Editorial Board
Observe the science. That’s the chorus. All of the state and regional governments’ cries about what to do concerning COVID-19 give attention to it.
“We now have to comply with the science!”
If you’re in any respect acutely aware, you’ve gotten heard this many occasions over the previous six months.
Let’s first state the plain right here: We’re not scientists.
We do, nonetheless, consider, like most individuals, that you simply do the truth is must comply with the science.
A minimum of, to a degree.
Every part in life includes trade-offs and dangers.
If we utterly “adopted the science” we wouldn’t put out a newspaper six days every week.
We wouldn’t be at work, as a result of we wouldn’t be driving to work or another place. We’d lock ourselves in our houses and by no means emerge, as a result of the science says 38,000 individuals per yr die in vehicle crashes so due to this fact driving a automobile has inherent dangers. If you wish to utterly keep away from that danger, you don’t get in a automobile, you don’t drive to work and also you get rid of your probability of being an vehicle fatality.
So, we select to say to ourselves, “Sure there’s a danger of driving, and of going to work, however I select to simply accept that danger and drive anyway, and to take action as responsibly as potential, thus minimizing the danger.”
If we adopted the science we’d by no means trip or journey anyplace. Greater than 500 individuals died in business plane crashes in 2018 however once we journey we settle for that danger.
For that matter, why dwell in California? The science says an enormous earthquake is coming — a lethal quake — however we keep right here anyway, taking the prospect towards science that it received’t have an effect on us.
Daily, all of us make selections between science and dangers and the way we dwell our lives.
This week, Los Angeles County Public Well being Director Barbara Ferrer stated that Okay-12 colleges within the county won’t open till after the November election.
She stated this not as soon as however twice on an audio tape obtained by a reporter with Los Angeles radio station KFI. Ferrer was speaking with “a group of faculty nurses, college directors, different schooling and medical professionals.”
Throughout that dialogue, Ferrer stated she doesn’t anticipate colleges to reopen earlier than the November election.
“We don’t realistically anticipate that we’d be shifting to both Tier 2 or to reopening Okay-12 colleges no less than till after the election,” Ferrer stated. “After we have a look at the timing of all the things, it appears to us a extra practical method to this could be to assume that we’re going to be the place we at the moment are till we’re performed with the election.”
What was that, the election?
Is that the science? The place does that come from, science and the election?
It’s fascinating how Ferrer talked about Election Day not simply as soon as, however twice.
Not 60 days, not in a few months, not even November, however Election Day.
So, the county’s high well being officers are tying COVID-19 to the election. We thought we had been following the science?
Although we all know the science tells us the probabilities of kids changing into lethal ailing from the virus is minuscule, the place does the science say will probably be safer after Election Day than it’s now — or on another date — to ship the children again to highschool? What makes Nov. 3 such a magic date to the general public well being director, and why is it on the highest of her thoughts within the first place?
Why does the general public well being director even use phrases like “after WE are performed with the election”? (Emphasis added.) Is the Public Well being Division one way or the other concerned within the election ultimately that actually nobody, anyplace, was conscious of?
Or is a sure political perspective merely that dominant within the L.A. County Corridor of Administration, to the purpose the place taxpayer-paid employees are managing public crises with partisan objectives in thoughts?
Are we manipulating the science to have an effect on the end result of the election? May we be overplaying the dangers of the coronavirus? May all of us be again at work now and reopen companies if we took correct precautions and socially distanced, managing the dangers?
Are the dangers being exaggerated to make individuals depressing and trigger emotional stress to attempt to change the end result of an election?
Seems like we’ll all discover out quickly sufficient.
You recognize. After the election.