America has a “safety culture problem,” says immunologist Steven Templeton. “We want to mitigate risk to the point where there’s no risk, complete risk aversion.”

The pandemic response—from harsh lockdowns to school closures—has been characterized by a “self-destructive” over-reaction, says Dr. Templeton, an associate professor of immunology and microbiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

And the rise of safety culture and mass germophobia in America could have devastating consequences down the line—just like the overuse of antibiotics, Dr. Templeton argues.

“I didn't want to look back on this and say that I violated my conscience and didn't speak up when someone really needed to.”

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