Would be great but so much of the ideas about COVID19 are linked to politics now, especially when these are launched by the president of the United States. Unless you limit the new thread to only discussions supported by existing data from reputable studies I don't see how you keep the politics out. Just by limiting it to reputable studies/ideas will draw accusations of being politically biased.The locking of the thread and the time we spend here divided between political and scientific issues suggest the possibility that the scientific discussions and debates should be protected - well maybe that's a lost cause, but as much as possible protected - from the politics and the divisiveness of the political debate. Would it be possible to have this current thread continue to be a political discussion thread and a new thread started where serious science and discussion of scientific findings would be the principle currency. Here's what I posted in the market politics thread:
The coronavirus thread looks like it's locked and is not coming back. I would vote for the following idea: political implications of the coronavirus crisis can be posted here but I'm going to try to start a new thread that's dedicated only to coronavirus science. This means epidemiology, biology, treatment, vaccinations, Public Health implications, and any other treatment or medical dimension to the crisis, including the psychological impact of the crisis, while political posts particularly any version of covid-19 denial should be considered inappropriate. Who would be interested in such a separation of content?
I think part of the problem is that the political debates have partially submerged discussion of the science - in the current environment it's virtually impossible to have a discussion of the science that is not politicized by some actors. It shouldn't be that way, and it is an indication of the destructive polarization taking place everywhere, but science even though it's always influenced by politics, should be about weight of evidence, not the popularity of a meme.
Would a new thread titled Coronavirus Science: Epidemiology, Public Health, Biology, Treatment, and Vaccination be something that should be split off from the current thread which has been perhaps hopelessly politicized. Political debates could stay in the current thread? What do people think?