Re: ‘Are we living in a culture of fear?’

Opinion section
Valley News - Opinion
I was moved when I read Julie’s article about our current culture of fear because it gets at the heart of the issue that is plaguing us right now. To those who expressed offense or felt she was insinuating they suffered from cowardice if they do fear COVID-19, that was not the message being conveyed. The objectionable thing that has occurred over this past year is the exploitation of scientific language to deliberately inject fear into society and exert control over the masses. The unsubstantiated claim that underlies the fear is quite simple. The public health officials, politicians and media tenaciously cling to the premise of asymptomatic spread being a major driver of COVID-19 transmission. This claim is used to justify the quarantining of healthy people, the mandatory masking of
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