COVID-19

Understanding the Motivated Reasoning of Anti-Vax Refuseniks

Understanding the Motivated Reasoning of Anti-Vax Refuseniks

COVID has hospitalized 6.2 million Americans, killed at least 640,000 (the true count may be 800,000), and caused permanent cardiovascular, neurological, and other health problems in many others. Thankfully, the available vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death. And yet, about 20 percent of Americans

Richard Redding
Richard Redding
COVID-19
Making the (Conservative) Case for Vaccine Passports

Making the (Conservative) Case for Vaccine Passports

According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, at least 171 millon people in the United States have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Of these individuals, 2,063 (0.0012 percent, or about one in 83,000) are known to have later

The Quillette Editorial Board
The Quillette Editorial Board
Editorial
As Australia’s Politicians Enforce Yet Another Lockdown, Small Businesses Keep Suffering

As Australia’s Politicians Enforce Yet Another Lockdown, Small Businesses Keep Suffering

The idea of owning a beauty clinic in an iconic downtown Melbourne retail centre once seemed like a promising business opportunity. So promising, in fact, that I opened a second store nearby, and expanded my total payroll to 20 employees. Capital costs across the two stores came to $1.6

Geoff Parkes
Geoff Parkes
COVID-19
Vexed by the Un-Vaxxed

Vexed by the Un-Vaxxed

“I’ve been reading…” That was the response I received from one of the staffers of Skeptic magazine when I asked why she wasn’t vaccinated. My query came on the saddest day in our 30-year history—we were mourning the death of Pat Linse, the Art Director, co-founder of

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
COVID-19
COVID-Zero: Was It Worth It?

COVID-Zero: Was It Worth It?

As Australia enters month 18 of our two weeks to “flatten the curve” more than half the country has only four lawful excuses to leave their homes. Like many of us I’m day drinking out of boredom and wondering was “COVID-Zero” worth it? The talking heads on TV told

James Newburrie
James Newburrie
COVID-19
Vaccines and the Coronavirus Crank Crisis

Vaccines and the Coronavirus Crank Crisis

When I last wrote about the rise of the coronavirus cranks for Quillette on January 16th, there were 37,000 people in British hospitals with COVID-19, and 1,411 COVID-related deaths on that day alone. The story that self-described sceptics had been telling themselves since the summer was a smoking

Christopher J. Snowdon
Christopher J. Snowdon
COVID-19
Ending Lockdown

Ending Lockdown

“Consider too what undesirable deaths occur in wartime. Men are killed in places where they knew they might be killed and to which they go, if they are at all of the enemy’s party, prepared. How much better for us if all humans died in costly nursing homes amid

Sam Ashworth-Hayes
Sam Ashworth-Hayes
COVID-19
Looking for COVID-19 ‘Miracle Drugs’? We Already Have Them. They’re Called Vaccines

Looking for COVID-19 ‘Miracle Drugs’? We Already Have Them. They’re Called Vaccines

Bret Weinstein, a former professor of biology at Evergreen State College, is best known for being hounded off his own campus in 2017 by a horde of social-justice zombies who themselves seemed to resemble nothing so much as a lab accident gone wrong. Having become a martyr of hyper-progressive ideological

Claire Berlinski and Yuri Deigin
Claire Berlinski and Yuri Deigin
Bioethics