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  • The Gaslighting of Science – Insight

    Zeynep Tufekci hits the nail on the head here — 3 particular factors were wilfully overlooked in Western countries’ early response to the COVID pandemic:

    Put all three together: airborne transmission, clusters driving the epidemic, and presymptomatic transmission. Not only do we get a clear and consistent picture of many things that have happened since, we also get the mitigation strategy. Further, all three dimensions support each other: transmission from people not (yet) coughing or sneezing very much argues in favor of aerosol transmission, which explains how large clusters can be driving the epidemic and how transmission in a situation like that ship can occur. And the mitigation and other strategies become clear: pay attention to clusters and ventilation, universal masks, different policies for indoors and outdoors, etc. 

    (tags: zeynep-tufekci coronavirus science covid-19 aerosols transmission clusters)

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