Perhaps one of the biggest deceptions in our year and a half of pandemic has been this idea sold by some governments that they have been guided by science and not by the pandemic.
An extensive and documented account of this is in the recently published book by the multi-award-winning journalist Lawrence Wright, The Plague Year, on the political decisions, dressed in science, that happened during the Trump administration.
Beyond the fact that all these decisions end up being political, the first examinations and reviews of what happened last year in some countries was how they reacted to the virus based on the behaviors of other similar viruses. As a major example, the mode of transmission that was initially thought to be only by droplets caused by coughing or sneezing.
Today we know much more about the virus than a year and a half ago, but we still have some unknowns, for example, how long will those already vaccinated have protection (for now, it seems that it does last). And above all, for its novelty, the exact behavior of the new variants.
Against this, countries have taken preventives based on some first studies that indicate how the delta variant seems to be much more transmissible among the unvaccinated. Yesterday, for example, the CDC revived its recommendation that even those vaccinated should wear masks indoors and with lots of people. Other countries have taken similar steps.
It is simply an act of prevention against what we still do not know with certainty after this tragic year and a half in the world. Not in Mexico. Because here, the antivirus czar knows everything, always, before and better than anyone.
Yesterday, faced with the doubts that arise in the world, he blamed the pharmaceutical companies and the media.
Yesterday he said in the morning that “the genetic variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, none of them, not even the delta that has been the most popular in the media, has been shown to be more aggressive, more virulent, to have greater possibility of causing serious illness or death ”.
Because, says López-Gatell, that “the information that is published in the media, not only in Mexico, I insist, in the whole world, there is an important disconnect with respect to the scientific evidence.”
He who knows everything. That is why we have gone as we have. Yesterday: 17,408 new infections.