Tag: Jay Bhattacharya

Ducks quack

The making of COVID-19 “contrarian” doctors

In 2009, I tried to answer the question: How do doctors become quacks and antivaxxers? A Twitter encounter suggested to me that an update to that post is massively overdue.

/ October 24, 2022

Jay Bhattacharya errs on excess mortality in New Zealand

Jay Bhattacharya claims that New Zealand COVID policy was “a grand failure” based on flawed logic and a misinterpretation of the data. He should retract.

/ September 12, 2022

Did New Zealand Let Too Few People Die of COVID?

Doctors used to agree mass death was a bad thing. Not anymore.

/ September 9, 2022

Lockdowns “Postponed the Inevitable”. Is That a Bad Thing?

Lockdowns postponed COVID for millions of people until after they were vaccinated. Some doctors feel that's a bad thing.

/ August 28, 2022
Figure 1

Science denial, overconfidence, and persuasion

The pandemic has brought scientists who have rejected science with respect to COVID-19 public health measures a disturbing level of influence. Recent research suggests reasons why and who among the public susceptible to such misinformation remains persuadable.

/ August 22, 2022

Minimizing COVID Via Postmodernism

An exploration of how, under the guise of "reason", doctors who desperate to be different no matter the evidence have embraced the position that there are no aspects of reality that are objective and that feelings matter more than facts.

/ July 24, 2022

Are Frontline Healthcare Workers The Laptop Class?

An examination of the claim that "Public health is for the laptop class".

/ June 17, 2022
Better Way

“New school” COVID-19 antivaxxers are becoming less and less distinguishable from “old school” antivaxxers

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a new generation of antivaxxers has arisen. Most view themselves as pro-vaccine, just not pro-COVID-19 vaccines. Recent developments, however, have demonstrated that "new school" antivaxxers are increasingly indistinguishable from "old school" antivaxxers and that this fusion is increasingly endangering all public health, not just COVID-19 public health interventions.

/ June 6, 2022
Florida "COVID theater"

Old antivax tropes never die: “COVID theater,” “Urgency of Normal,” and the Great Barrington Declaration

Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable calling to "end COVID-19 theater" that brought together the Great Barrington Declaration and "Urgency of Normal," a movement to end mask mandates and other COVID-19 mitigations in schools. The arguments used long predate the pandemic and echo a dark side of the history of American medicine.

/ March 14, 2022

Through The Looking Glass With Dr. Jay Bhattacharya

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and Humpty Dumpty agree, words have no meaning.

/ March 11, 2022