Every day we hear another story of a healthy teenager never waking up, an airline pilot suffering cardiac arrest, or an ultra-fit young athlete dropping dead midfield.

There were a handful of things you couldn’t (or routinely, didn’t) question before the pandemic. These included someone’s deeply held religious beliefs, your doctor’s professional opinion, the ulterior motives of published academic research, and a stranger’s medical history.

Things you could openly wonder about included unconstitutional governmental overreach, the suspicious origins of a widely circulating and allegedly deadly pathogen, the ingredients of a medical product being forced into your body, and the cause of someone’s sudden death (especially a celebrity’s).

Why Aren't We Asking Questions

COVID wiped out the old status quo like a bulldozer trampling a pile of twigs. Remember when it wasn’t merely rude but also illegal — thanks to HIPAA laws — to inquire about someone’s personal health decisions? Recall when the publication of a study in a prestigious journal like JAMA or The Lancet meant something? How about when drugs came with helpful inserts deemed essential to understanding the medicine’s safe and effective administration. Or when journalists actually included the last and most important question of the “five Ws and one H” — how? — in their reporting of an unexpected passing (or tens of thousands of them)?

To be clear, it’s not as if our modern-day Woodwards and Bernsteins even