“The role of public health agencies in a health crisis should be to give facts to the best of their knowledge and to apologize when they get it wrong. Aside from that, it should be up to each individual to make their own choices. Public health experts are not inherently more logical or intelligent than the public, and the wide availability of source information means they should be held accountable for selectively choosing their facts to fit an agenda. We can’t trust the CDC anymore — not until it steps back, presents the data objectively, and allows individuals to choose what makes sense for them.”
Sarah Montalbano is the Research Associate at Alaska Policy Forum and a contributor to Young Voices. Her writing can be found in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, and the Anchorage Daily News.
Read her entire column here.