Public health and politics have always been intertwined. Think abortion and reproductive rights. One prominent public health official appears to have managed to untwine the two: Anthony Fauci.
During this time of Covid-19, health and medicine are more politically charged than they have ever been. Physicians’ and nurses’ heroic responses to the Covid-19 pandemic has elevated their voices and provided them with unprecedented platforms. The pandemic may also have helped slow the erosion in trust that people have in the medical profession. This trust in clinicians will be critical if they are to continue to use their voices to educate people about the risks of the coronavirus pandemic and to increase acceptance for the vaccine we hope is on the horizon.