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“'It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future'”

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"Failure in epidemic forecasting is an old problem. In fact, it is surprising that epidemic forecasting has retained much credibility among decision-makers, given its dubious track record."

I mean...is it really that surprising? We use the best tools we have - people forget that our tools aren't actually that good, that we're barely 100 years out from using cocaine to cure ghosts. But it's better than nothing.

Except in the case of the 2010 Ben Smith paper projecting a shortage of RadOncs. That was actually worse than nothing.
 
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Did anyone really have high hopes for these things being accurate? We can't predict the weather beyond 7 days... and that doesn't even involve human psychology or politics.
 
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MDACC has a retrospective review with 56 patients showing crystal meth cures ghosts faster and with less recurrence, p=0.002

You have to read the methods. 87% of their cohort had teeth. It’s not generalizable to the average meth user.

As to the original post, no [email protected] they were bad. Disease modeling requires so many variables that it is inherently garbage in = garbage out. Now we are talking about a novel disease with even more unknowns and an impressively chaotic national leadership. I whole heartedly agree that it is unfathomable why people still put so much stock into them being anything more than a best guess.
 
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