I am a retired physician. Over my career, I’ve had some contact with epidemiology. I’ll be blunt here: I came away unimpressed with that field. Here’s why:
1. When a pandemic strikes, I’ve never once witnessed an epidemiologist get his hands dirty in providing actual patient care. So where the rubber meets the road during a pandemic, they’re useless.
2. Their models, and therefore their advice and counsel, are based upon best guesses from previous pandemics. It’s been pretty clear during COVID-19 that in any number of cases, their accuracy has been less than impressive.