Instructions on a federal mask mandate is still displayed on a screen as Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport worked on updating their signage Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Providence, R.I. David Goldman/AP Photo.

Why we must not 'follow the science'

Politicians have been all-too-happy to embrace the rhetorical dodge of “following the science”. By pinning the responsibility for their decisions on “the science”, they avoid having to explain the true reasoning, which might open them up to criticism and debate.