Wow. Im guessing you watch a lot of MSNBC.
You couldn't be more wrong. I haven't had cable tv for years, haven't watched a second of MSNBC/Fox/etc since before Drumph was elected.
Basically, here is the bottom line. Covid was viewed as something that could harm Trump and his bid to stay in power. Therefore, Fox News and the right wing news tried very hard to minimize it. However, the left wing outlets also saw a way to use this to rid us of Trump. So what we ended up with was denial on one end and over exaggerations on the other and none of that changed after Trump was kaput.
Mr. Dude, it is you who should stop watching cable tv.
You've framed this 100% in a political context, with no connection to the basic truth that this is a public health emergency and not a willie wagging contest.
A fish doesn't know he's swimming in water till you take him out of it. For you, politics is water, you need to get out of it for a while to realize how deep you're letting yourself swim in it.
As for medical experts, they run the gamut. You cant say "medical experts think...." because there is a huge difference in what many of them do think. The liberal networks like to bring in Dr. Michael Olsterholm. They like him because he is an alarmist. He will always give the worst case scenario even though its wrong as many times as its right. Its not new with him either. Back in the 80's he kept jumping up and down saying AIDS would be as bad in Minnesota as it was in San Francisco (spoiler alert: it wasnt).
On the other end, you had Fox brining in Dr. Marc Siegel who basically kept telling his audience that none of this was any big deal.
I actually feel bad for Dr. Faucci. The man was one of the guys who stopped the HIV epidemic. His words are twisted and taken out of context by both the right and left wing networks on a regular basis.
Whether we like to admit it or not, when you tell people they cant live any differently once their vaccinated, that makes it moot to many of them. That is the fault of the CDC and their messaging. They should have, from the get go, said "here is what you can do if youre vaccinated and what you cant do if youre not". They didnt do that until it was largely too late to quell additional hesitancy.
First you say there is a wide spectrum of opinion in the medical community, then you lash out at CDC for not having anticipated all that opinion before it appeared, resolved it, and rendered clear guidance before any speculation emerged?
Do you really think that is possible?
Why are we as a society so impatient?
Don't we realize this is an evolving situation?
Can't we accept that some advice given earlier on is now outdated and just follow the improved guidance?
Why do we instead say "well they didn't anticipate everything perfectly months ago so now I'll ignore what they say" instead of following updated advice?
Seems to me it's because we as a society are impatient and self centered and just want to do what WE want to do regardless of any impact on others.
Wash your hands, wear your mask, maintain social distancing. Stop making it all about you.