Hawaii’s Lt. Gov. Green got Lancet wrong, but so did Lancet Authors -- Result: Green’s $afe Travels is even less safe.
Lt. Gov. Green mistated the results of the March 22, 2021 Lancet study in a way that gave his $afe Travels program support when the study actually showed $afe Travelswas inadequate.
To make matters worse, Lt. Gov. Green ignored our beloved 'noisy doctors' when they confronted him with the correct science that showed how inadequate the $afe Travels program actually was. (See relevant James Raymond articles on Medium.)
Tragically, the timing of Lt. Gov. Green's compound errors with $afe Travels occurred just when we should have been imposing an additional brief quarrantine and 2nd test on arrivals -- a move that would have significantly reduced the constant importation of the Delta variant to our islands.
But now, due to the relentless diligence of one of Hawaii's most persistant covid experts, Dr. Lee Altenberg, the authors of the Lancet study have updated their article to incorporate corrections and additions from Dr. Altenberg.
LG Green will not like the new, revised Lancey conclusions any better than the original findings because they cast $afe Travels in an even worse light -- and, they highlight the need for more stringent measures to reduce the constant influx of covid from travelers.
For a brief review of Dr. Altenberg's contribution to the Lancet article, see the September 21, 2021, UH News article entitled:
"Only 20% of COVID infected travelers may be detected by pre-travel testing"