RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The retraction of two medical studies in high-profile journals is a major scandal. It points not only to the tremendous pressure to which the scientific community is exposed in coronavirus times, but also to well-known minefields. These must be defused.
The novel coronavirus has changed many things -- even the everyday life of scientists. Epidemiologists, virologists, and doctors have seldom been in such great demand as in recent weeks and months. We all hung on their lips when they spoke about the state of the nation. What they said influenced authorities and politics, but also . . .