I am not sure I am quite this nice. But as the author seems to have been at least partly on both sides of the Covid debate - too worried about masks early on, then incurring wrath later for wanting schools to reopen sooner - I am willing to stand down at least a bit. Let's Declare a Pandemic Amnesty. I think it is important that public officials be held to high standards of honesty. That did not always happen. Yet some mistakes were indeed honest, and made in uncertainty. So first, keep the attention on those who had official responsibilities, and if no formal consequences are possible, at least let there be clear statements that some of us will remember.
For most of the rest of us, we were yanked to and fro by our tribal loyalties and our priors. As suggested in the article, it is fair to remember that if we were right, we may just have been lucky on that one, not wise. In every generation there are those who proclaim that the Second Coming is imminent, and always for reasons that are inadequate if not downright bad. Yet one group will prove to be correct, just by dumb luck. I doubt they will be given special credit in heaven for that. I think most Americans at this point are content to just drop it and get on with life. Uh, so long as those bastards don't...
It pays to remember that the worst offenders are the least likely to admit it, and waiting for that is going to be a recipe for personal unhappiness. OJ never admitted he killed two people, the Japanese still won't apologise to the south Koreans or the Chinese for WWII behavior, and communists never seem to apologise for anything. Decades too later, Pete Seeger wrote a song that sorta kinda called Joseph Stalin to task for being, er, wrong, and admitting that some people died about that, and then, with real conviction, was angry at him for letting all the good communists down. Which one can be infuriated about, or be glad that Americans do, eventually, cop to something, unlike everyone else in the world.
So one step further than just not bringing it up. Even among the people who were dead wrong, including those who were a little insulting about it, most were just plodding along and guessing without thinking too hard. Those who covered for Wuhan Virology and the CCP for whatever reason, do what we can to move them out of public life for good. For those who swallowed the lie that a deadly virus could not possibly have come from the nearby lab that dealt in deadly viruses, because bats in a market, blame for the journalists whose job it was to see through these things. For those who believed them, less blame. Noting for future reference that they don't do their homework and are unwilling to buck the tide is fair.
I got a couple of things right that only a minority of others did at the time - probably mostly lucky. The things I got wrong were probably on me, willing to take the word of tribesmen rather than put in the effort myself.
BTW, Ed Driscoll's piece only confirms what I believe. Thank you, sir. You could almost be a plant. He cherry picks things he is upset about and blames everyone who disagrees with him as if they all must believe exactly all those terrible things. He is the intended audience for the piece, and he can't understand it. Let him stand in debate rather than merely insult if he knows so much.