My Unfinished LTE in the NY Times
In my letter published on August 7, I argued that a rushed but ineffective or minimally effective Covid=19 vaccine would be a disaster absent a mask and physical distancing mandate. My point is that people relax their guard when hope appears on the horizon, no matter how distant that horizon may actually be or how illusory the hope. Thus, an explosion of cases occurred when summer and the promise of turning the corner on the pandemic were the Trump mantra that so many people and politicians wanted to believe.
If a safe vaccine were touted, but its efficacy untested or inadequate, that abandonment of good sense and caution would become even more catastrophic and disease and death would shoot up. A mask and distancing mandate with the force of law must be in place to counter the power of wishful thinking and its consequent abandonment of caution.