1. The public official’s credibility is only burned with those that are indeed rational observers. Jonathan Swift’s admonition about reasoning folks out of what they were not reasoned into applies.
3. Hell, the Chinese are still reporting only 102k total cases, and less than 5k deaths, as if we are to believe that they were the only nation who’s numbers stayed the same for the majority of 2020. At this point, said rational observers are wise to not believing anything coming from a Chinese official, even if the official’s tongue is notarized in Mandarin.