Are people who complain about experts "flip flopping" about COVID-19 clueless about how the scientific method works?

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I've heard COVID-19 deniers/downplayers try to discredit the experts by pointing out inconsistencies in the advice they gave. The will say things like "first the 'experts' say masks don't work and now they say they work" and "first the experts said shared surfaces are a big source of contamination and now they're saying it's no big dead".

*facepalm.

This is a novel disease people and we're still learning about it so as we get more and more accurate information, of course we'll find out that certain presumptions we had about the pathogen were wrong. The scientific method isn't perfect (nothing is) but in terms of its' track record of developing ways to combat diseases, nothing even comes close. Why did NYC have a higher mortality and death rate than most other places? Because it's a major international transportation hub and thus got hit early before we learned how to more effectively limit the spread and treat those infected; knowledge is power. This is why even though there have been inaccuracies, the law of averages says the best way to combat the pandemic is to base our policies on what the data suggests.

Some people are also trying to contrive partisan bias by claiming that since there was more outrage against people engaging in right wing gatherings but not over left wing ones. They go on to say that data showing that right wing gatherings spread the disease but left wing ones don't
is "proof" the data is being manipulated. Uh, no; it's just that since at an individual level, the left is more concerned about the pandemic than the right, they're more inclined to take protective measures to limit transmission when gathering in large groups:
Are people who complain about experts flip flopping about COVID-19 clueless about how the scientific method works?
The only example of coronavirus numbers being manipulated that has any solid evidence is the suppression of the death numbers:
Are people who complain about experts flip flopping about COVID-19 clueless about how the scientific method works?
Are people who complain about experts "flip flopping" about COVID-19 clueless about how the scientific method works?
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