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The anti-lockdown scientists’ cause would be more persuasive if it weren’t so half-baked | Sonia Sodha
The result was “the Great Barrington declaration”, which prompted headlines about the disintegrating scientific consensus that managing Covid-19 requires society-wide changes to behaviour. The professors do not define who is “vulnerable”, nor do they set out a workable plan for shielding them. The natural authority that imbues a professorship – and the perception that scientists are somehow neutral experts – makes this very dangerous. But the Great Barrington model is by far the worst example. • Sonia Sodha is chief leader writer at the Observer and an Observer and Guardian columnist
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