How Statistics became a weapon of propaganda in a pandemic

Let me preface this piece by saying that Statistics as a method is not fundamentally flawed, but ask any Machine Learning engineer in your local cafe, and they’ll be quick to tell you that the process of data collection and storage is usually flawed. A new engineer is quick on their feet to go to Kaggle and download a dataset, perform a few cleaning operations, do a little analysis, classification, prediction and update their Linkedin headlines with “Machine Learning Enthusiast”, “AI Expert” and “Data Scientist”. While I find…