Everyone talks about learning loss, but a new study highlights that public policy--and public behavior–-during the pandemic led to a crisis of missed medical care.
Your second paragraph epitomizes the situation in which we find ourselves in 2023, and which drives me crazy! Many people, including bureaucrats, politicians, and journalists, now agree that the mitigations put in place in response to covid caused harm to children and others. But they attribute the harms solely to The Pandemic. Just as hurricanes cause flooding and property damage, covid caused all the negative consequences resulting from policymakers' decisions and the media-driven fear mongering. Everyone feels badly about this, of course, but they continue to emphasize that covid was responsible, not the decision to implement lockdowns and try to scare the hell out of everyone. This view holds true among family and friends as well. Sadly, I'm not sure this will ever change.
If one Democrat cared even a little about this and spoke out about it publicly, we might get some honest discussion about it. But none of them will.
There is a Dem discussing this: Robert Kennedy, Jr. But he is being censored.
David, thank you for showing the world the horrible results on the reaction to Covid. A devastating reaction it was. It is something that has no possibility of reclaiming. Next time we will have the opportunity to do better - I hope.