Will lessons learned from COVID soften the blow during the next pandemic?

“The science you learn in high school or college is the ‘settled science’ — like ‘two objects dropped in a vacuum will fall at the same rate regardless of size or shape or mass.’ Thanks, Galileo,” said Andrew Noymer, an [associate professor of public health], epidemiologist and demographer at UC Irvine. “So people assume that science is the study of settled matters when, in reality, there’s a lot of arguing over hypotheses and heated debate. That’s the normal state of affairs in science.”