For those now against the lockdowns but who had originally supported them, what was the moment that changed you? Why are the beloved mask mandates suddenly lifting?
“The science has changed!!!” We are seeing articles by folks trying to position themselves as the Reasonable Middle, which we are seeing from every one of them so far. Here are the three things to look out for:
1. They use March 2020 and March 2022 (or thereabouts) as the bookends, when in actuality the science/research on various aspects of the pandemic changed at different points *in between* those dates, and at different times, in stages. Some closer to the beginning, some later.
2. They ignore the difference between children and adults in terms of the risk of the virus itself and spreading it. This is key, because ‘anti-mask’ is a meaningless phrase. There has long been no excuse to mask young children, yet I still wear my mask on the subway.
3. They ignore the fact that in the risk assessments, we have been dealing with tradeoffs–to the health of children and young adults, the economic fortunes of the working class, the lives of immigrants, etc. Wiping out jobs also meant in many cases wiping out healthcare, etc.