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Heidi Deddens
Heidi Deddens is the managing editor of Comment magazine. She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus on English Literature from Trinity Western University, where she was managing editor of the university's literary journal. Born and raised in Western Canada, she now lives in Ottawa.

Throughout the pandemic, the media’s analyses of scientific studies have often misinterpreted or exaggerated what little information scientists have, writes physician Aaron Rothstein, which ought to serve as a cautionary tale in the future. “Blowing up flimsy data affects decisions about medical care and the public health response to the pandemic—not to mention our trust in the media itself.”