Ashish "Wear the mask, save lives" Jha+ Your Authors @ashishkjha Physician, researcher, and advocate for the notion that an ounce of data is worth a thousand pounds of opinion. Director @harvardgh. Soon, Dean @healthybrown May. 11, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

I am loathe to disagree with my friend @KeithNHumphreys but I do.

Keith is terrific (except his terrible puns) and this thread is worth your time.

That said, I think this is not quite right

A thread

First, let's agree on some things:

--> There is no consensus about a big national federal program to test folks

--> There are some people who don't want much govt interference in any of these things like testing/tracing

But here's where I disagree:

1. Most Americans have been VERY willing to stay home because they want to be safe

2. Most Americans aren't excited to go back out without much more testing widely available.

3. While a vocal minority is raising long-standing questions about proper role of govt....

.....most don't question whether we need more testing (we do!!) or where it should come from

4 They trust local govt, especially governors, to oversee testing

5. I agree. But Feds should help states and coordinate across states. They don't need to run testing/tracing

6. So we shouldn't let the small minority who don't want any govt involved in a pandemic drive the agenda

7. We shouldn't think they represent "real America" or life outside the Ivory Tower. They actually are a tiny minority.

8. Most Americans want the same thing:

9. They want their lives back....safely

10. They know testing/tracing is critical

11. They know govt has a key role to play

Mostly, they are tired of bickering and just want an effective response. That's what I hear from Dems, GOP and "real Americans" whoever they are


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