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#1 2020-08-06 12:37:04

KaylaDehar
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From: United Kingdom, Coniston
Registered: 2020-08-06
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placebo-controlled studies for Covid-19

SCIENCE Science, .

As defined for our kids in elementary school: Science is the study of the world around us

Scientists learn about their subject by observing, describing, and experimenting.
There are many subjects and branches of science.
Science.

As defined by Encyclopedia Britannica: “Science

any system of knowledge that is concerned with the physical world and its phenomena and that entails unbiased observations and systematic experimentation.
In general, a science involves a pursuit of knowledge covering general truths or the operations of fundamental laws.” Public Health Science: Public health is an evidence-informed practice.
Public health actions are based on scientific observations and conclusions and are reached on the basis of evidence-based data and facts.

Public Health Science always works toward the prevention of disease

increasing longevity of life, and promoting health for all.

Public Health Science utilizes epidemiology

biostatistics, and health services.
There are states across our country that are following evidencebased public health scientific guidelines, and, although it is not a perfect science and there are “good days” and “bad days,” these states are continuing to keep their Covid- 19 positivity rates manageable (less than 5%) and their hospitalizations down.
There are, however, many states across the country that have not been following evidence-based public health scientific guidelines and, unfortunately, .

Those states are now experiencing vast spread and human suffering from Covid-19

When we are in pain, when we feel vulnerable and scared without a sense of control over a deadly virus, many of us want to reach out and try almost anything that can “cure” or help a person suffering from Covid-19.
This “trial and error” approach can be very successful when used in a business setting or in a political arena, however, during this Covid-19 pandemic, we should not want our medical and public health decisions to be based on “trial and error.” We should demand our medical and public health decisions be based solely on evidence-based practice and credible scientific studies.
The use of unproven medications or treatments can be harmful.
We know, for example, through years of research with some advanced cancers, that palliative care, which treats a patient’s pain and discomfort, is associated with a longer life for that cancer patient compared to care with continued chemotherapies and other intensive measures.
We are now more than six months into some very challenging times, and some Americans are starting to see themselves as “healthy skeptics” or “self-taught” researchers on some very complex issues.
Let’s not allow our respected, educated, and expert scientific voices to be pushed aside by voices of those who lack the education, expertise, and ability to interpret scientific data and research.
Beliefs that some other influence or organization is responsible for messaging or decision making, also referred to as a “conspiracy theory,” can sometimes be very easy to believe in.
This type of false information can sound convincing because it commonly starts with a base of credible historical and, sometimes, even scientific information, however, it takes that historical information and draws extraordinary and false conclusions.
When you start by hearing credible historical scientific research and studies, do not allow yourself to believe the huge leap to conclusions that are likely in no way connected to that historical scientific work.
We have only recently had the ability to start blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies for Covid-19.
These are the studies that can provide sound, scientifically objective and safe conclusions for treatment medications and therapies.

If you hear of a study or a medication that “cures” or treats Covid-19

the best question a healthy skeptic or a self-taught researcher can ask is, “Were the results for the use of this medication or treatment based on a randomized, placebo-controlled study?” Public health scientists devote themselves to promoting health and preventing harm, and spend their lives dedicated to that mission.
We have some extraordinary public health voices guiding us across the state and country.
Let’s listen to them.
A flawed study or observation might generate great excitement and hope, but that conclusion can lead to harm and unnecessary costs and time.
The approach of “What do you have to lose?” must not dictate the course of treatment for Covid-19 because what we might lose is too great a consequence to take.
Nancy Hayward, a registered nurse with a master’s degree in public health, owns a consulting practice, Health Education Training and Consulting, in Ann Arbor.

She lives on Mackinac Island during the summers

Questions about the pandemic and public health matters can be emailed to her at [email protected] com.
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