I mean it hasn’t helped that we’ve had so many misleading studies published, as well. There was one that actually claimed that washing your hands doesn’t prevent the spread of the flu. It also said masks don’t help, which was the focus.
The study actually said the thing we know–from many other studies–helps prevent the spread of the flu, doesn’t. People then tried to use that study to claim that was also true of coronavirus, and the worst part is, this study was published on the WHO website so laypeople who didn’t know any better thought it was legit.
If you actually read the study you could see how flawed it was, but regular people aren’t reading the actual studies, they’re just trusting the conclusions.
Way too much misinformation going around and people being skeptical of things that have worked because of survivorship bias and not needing to think about why they are alive because of, as you mentioned, the fact that science works in your favor whether or not you actually participate in it knowingly.