Sigma Xi Signs Letter in Support of Evidence-Based Public Health Guidance

July 16, 2020

Anthony Fauci portrait

A letter signed by Sigma Xi specifically names support for Anthony S. Fauci, MD, shown above, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Photo License: CC BY-NC 2.0)

On July 15, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society joined the American Society for Microbiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Association of Public Health Laboratories, as well as other organizations that represent researchers, public health professionals, and health care providers, in signing a letter to United States Vice President Mike Pence. The letter voices support for "leading with science and with the best data available" during a national public health emergency such as the coronavirus pandemic. It also expresses support for "scientific and public health guidance from the experts," particularly Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  

"We object to any attempt to cast doubt on science and sow mistrust for public health expertise, and to spread misinformation during this challenging time for all Americans," the letter states. "...By heeding the recommendations of those who are on the front lines of progress to combat this virus, we have the best chance at a successful outcome."

Read the letter in full, with signees as of July 15. 


More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety