This fall, some critics accused scientists, public health experts, and physicians (like myself) of having become too political during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was cynically predicted that after November 3rd, both frontline health-care providers and academic researchers would suddenly change their tune, and act as though the coronavirus had vanished. The implication was that the experts were weaponizing the greatest health crisis of the century against the sitting president, rather than advocating for the safety of our fellow humans.
Far from it. Once it became clear that Joe Biden would be the next president of the United States, many of my colleagues who care deeply about controlling the pandemic began clamoring to get involved, myself included.