Will COVID-19 be evidence-based medicine’s nemesis?
A philosophical point of view on the need for a different approach to the Covid 19 pandemic, published in PLOS Medicine June 30 2020
Here the conclusion
In the current fast-moving pandemic, where the cost of inaction is counted in the grim mortality figures announced daily, implementing new policy interventions in the absence of randomized trial evidence has become both a scientific and moral imperative. Whilst it is hard to predict anything in real time, history will one day tell us whether adherence to “evidence-based practice” helped or hindered the public health response to Covid-19—or whether an apparent slackening of standards to accommodate “practice-based evidence” was ultimately a more effective strategy.