COVID-19 has given patients a rare insight into what doctors really do

Given the complex science on which it's based, medicine is often messy and unclear

One aspect of the pandemic I hope is not soon forgotten is the public’s exposure to science being done in real time.

The past 18 months have made explicit what is often buried beneath overhyped news of miraculous medical breakthroughs and wonder treatments – that scientific progress is messy, often confusing, usually contradictory and only appears obvious in hindsight.

And for that reason, it's a little like patient care.

If we think back to the beginning of the pandemic, many of us were worried about the

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