This is weird talk. The only reason to push the scientists aside is if you are trying to cover up the expected number of deaths.
Because they are involved with the stats, studies, projections, graphs, research, etc. They are part of the process in evaluating the threat, and strategy to resolve. Maybe I should not have mentioned scientists in there, as you took it wrong?
If so, I hereby offer my apologies. When I wrote the post, I had not a thought it would be interpreted as derogatory.