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Read Dr. Emily Landon’s Full Speech on Second Surge of Coronavirus in Illinois – – Health News Today


Chicago doctor, Emily Landon, an infectious disease specialist with the University of Chicago Medicine, spoke Thursday as a second surge of coronavirus cases climbs in Illinois.

Landon has periodically delivered speeches during the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois. Her first, at the start of the crisis, went viral on social media.

Read her full speech to Illinois Thursday below.

Thanks, Dr. Ezike and thank you, governor for inviting me to be here today. But this isn’t a happy occasion for me to be speaking.

Public health officials, epidemiologists and doctors, like myself, predicted this fall would bring more cases or hospitalizations, and more deaths. We hoped that knowing this would help us take steps to avoid it. And many of us did those things. We dutifully wear our masks even though we don’t really think we could be contagious. We keep distance from friends and neighbors, we wash our hands religiously. And now as the weather gets colder, and the cases still rise, we aren’t sure what more we can do.

You see, we are where we are today for a lot of reasons. But I’m really worried about the misinformation and fatigue slipping into and covering up our best intentions. I hear people say, ‘Sometimes people wear a mask and still get COVID. So why bother?’ Or sometimes people say that people like me are making a mountain out of a molehill, and we should just let everybody get sick and get over it.

I know many of you are hearing those same arguments from your friends on social media and even from the news. Sometimes people make these statements, dress them up with some some facts or graphs that look almost as convincing as the ones you saw today. They sometimes take experts’ comments out of context, and make you wonder what we really think. They make you question every inconsistency every change in guidance. So today, I want to set some facts straight. First of all, inconsistent recommendations are not evidence of a conspiracy, nor are inconsistent data. They’re evidence of a changing knowledge and epidemiology. In different situations, different metrics mean different things. For example, when testing rates are low or changing rapidly, the test positivity rate may not mean quite the same thing as when testing rates are stable, or when the testing rates aren’t increasing as much as the cases. Everyone is trying to use the best information available to make the best possible decisions. There are and will be disagreements about the details. There is no one measure or metric, but rather an understanding of the needs and the pain in the community, both from the virus as well as the consequences.

There are new data coming out every day. Science is learning. We change our guidance, because we learn something new. Changing advice should make you feel good that we’re making progress.

Disagreement is a normal part of every process and there’s no one right way to handle a new pandemic, but we’re all in the same boat and we should try…

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