Adalja on Navigating the Pandemic

Infectious disease expert Amesh Adalja writes, “There are some values that are worth pursuing, even in the face of risk to oneself and to others whom one may infect. Public health officials who made that case during the protests perhaps should have communicated the message earlier — and they should be more consistent in its application.” Adalja points to the double-standards of many in evaluating the anti-lockdown protests and the Black Lives Matter protests. He argues, “Physicians and policymakers must respect that different people will be willing to risk exposure for different things; such pluralism is at the heart of a liberal society.”

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