Could the experts be starting to admit, three years later, that they
were wrong about COVID?
At least one medical researcher is calling on the scientific community
to admit mistakes were made.
“I was wrong. We in the scientific community were wrong. And it cost
lives,” wrote Kevin Bass, an MD/PhD student, in a recent op-ed for
For years and with almost one voice, the scientific elites seemingly
doubled down on the necessity of broad vaccine mandates and prolonged lockdowns, even as Americans suffered.
Medical professionals who questioned the narrative or offered opinions
not accepted by the mainstream were mocked and censored on social media platforms.
Americans were required to abide by COVID restrictions even when they
seemed to defy common sense, such as wearing a face mask when standing
in a restaurant but not when sitting down.
Bass said he “staunchly supported” public health authorities when they
called for lockdowns, vaccines, and booster shots. He believed at the
time that they were responding with “compassion, diligence, and
Now the scales have fallen from his eyes, he said.
Public health authorities “overstated the evidence and misled the
public” on a litany of issues, including natural COVID immunity vs.
vaccine immunity, school closures and disease transmission, aerosol
spread, mask mandates, and vaccine effectiveness and safety, especially
for young people, Bass wrote.
The U.S. government, namely the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as
the World Health Organization (WHO), are all at fault, he said.
Bass also pointed out that pandemic policies like lockdowns were
promoted by elites in academia, government, medicine, journalism, tech,
and public health and forced on the working class, “whose daily lives
routinely demand that they reckon with risk.”
Not only were the experts wrong, but their mistakes cost lives, Bass
“If our public health officials had led with less hubris, the course of
the pandemic in the United States might have had a very different
outcome, with far fewer lost lives,” he wrote.
Beyond the loss of life potentially caused by the half-baked policies
foisted on the public, Americans suffered physically, emotionally, and financially.
Elderly Americans died alone in the hospital. Their families were
denied a funeral. Children committed suicide. Many of the ones who
didn’t suffered, cooped up at home and stuck behind a computer screen,
watching their grades sink while schools stayed closed longer than
restaurants. Families lost their businesses. Millions lost their jobs.
Then many Americans were forced to get the COVID vaccine despite
religious and health objections. Stories of “vaccine injuries”
including nerve damage proliferated online. Some young people, who are
least at risk of developing serious COVID symptoms, developed
myocarditis or inflammation of the heart after the vaccine.
Bass describes himself as a “centrist” with “non-partisan takes on
health, longevity, nutrition” who welcomes “constructive criticism.”
He is not the first to admit that medical experts oversold their
confidence in how COVID works and what the response should be. Even
CNN’s Dr. Leana Wen said at the end of 2021 that “cloth masks are
little more than facial decorations.”
However, so far it has been crickets from most of the scientific
community on whether they got anything wrong over the last three years.