In Search Of Science

There’s something that has been on my mind since the pandemic started.

I have been in the science world for more than half my life now. Counting the school science days. It’s daily life for me and I’m surrounded by people who also have been in science for eons.

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But what about those who haven’t had anything to do with science since school? How has it been navigating the information that has come out from the pandemic? Vaccines?

Have you come across good resources in your search for answers to questions that you’ve had? Have you since starting researching and reading everything you can? Is there someone in your social circle that you go to? Do you even care?

11 thoughts on “In Search Of Science

  1. I’m also a scientist and have found it absolutely frightening to see all of the misinformation circulating around especially on Facebook. Even worse, people will like the posts with these crazy ideas and share them with their friends. For some people, their only source of so-called news is Facebook. I say, the more sources you can arm yourself with, the better, because so many places are biased in one way or another. What I’ve found is that no matter how hard you try to explain the science behind the virus or the vaccine most people aren’t going to truly listen anyway. All I can do is try to lead by example.

    1. I even saw someone in my network on facebook say that they weren’t going to wear a mask when required! I agree, every source has some bias so I was happy to read widely and across countries too. Thank you for your comment!

  2. My main source of information about vaccines and the pandemic are the “talking heads” on TV like Dr. Faucci and Dr. Gupta (CNN). I also read articles that appear in various publications that I come across through other blogs.

    From what I’ve gleaned, the bottom line generally seems to be, although the doctors and scientists in the field of epidemiology are very competent and knowledgeable, little about the most important issues with the coronavirus is known with certainty. That starts with what we were told about the beginning of the outbreak.

    For months the information we were given was SARS-CoV-2 originated in a wet market in December 2019 and that the first cases were identified. Even as a non scientist, claiming to have identified the first case of a previously unknown disease that looks a lot like other common illnesses was always hard to believe. Doctors would naturally assume that a patient has a condition they are familiar with not a new disease that looks a lot like it. Now that assumption about the origin is being questioned.

    Are there any sources you would recommend? Thanks.

    1. I am not sure how that tracing works so cannot comment on that but I think they had to put the blame somewhere. I would read a range of sources and also across countries. I like to believe there is free press but sadly I do not. The only way to know more is to gather more data.

  3. Well, although I don’t work in science, I do read as much as I can to stay current with new discoveries. We subscribe to scientific american and I have friends with lab and medical experience who keep me informed. Thanks for asking.

  4. I’m hoping there will be a growing new respect for science with this new administration (U.S.), but the intentional disinformation is so damaging. I’m more of a humanities/arts person than science, but I do read more popular stories and like hearing the reasons for some things we take for granted in this world.

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