A handy list of people who should never be listened to again in matters of life or death - 2020-04-05
In the early days of the virus (which really should have been the later days, had we moved in a timely fashion) there was a push from conservatives, borne from wishful thinking and a distrust of expertise (well-honed from years spent dismissing the effects of climate change), to downplay the risks of this virus.
Dr. Drew Pinsky: "It will spread and it will be very mild in the vast majority. Stop the panic. Respond systematically as we know how to do."
NYU Law Proessor Richard Epstein wrote three widely-circulated pieces with airtight-sounding debunkings of the pandemic's risks, which were later debunked by reality and other actual experts.