David Wiebers and Valery Feigin, What the COVID-19 crisis is telling humanity


Wiebers & Feigin purport to show that the current Covid-19 outbreak provides evidence to support a variety of public policy recommendations. Closer examination of their argument reveals a number of flaws, including a failure to adequately define terms, acknowledge counterevidence, identify value-driven trade-offs and acknowledge the logical implications of their reasoning. Scientists should attempt to address these concerns when offering public policy advice.

Author Biography

Jesse A. Robbins is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. His research addresses both empirical and conceptual issues in animal welfare and agriculture. Website