Some Good News About Covid-19
  • As the state of affairs becomes increasingly polarized in America — degenerating with clockwork predictability into partisan polemics of the most concrete-bound sort (with, however, this bizarre twist, which, if you think about it, follows a certain contorted logic: the left now angry at Donald Trump for not being fascist enough in his refusal, so far, to force state governors on the issue of mandatory police-state lockdowns) — I urge you, throughout all of it, to not lose site of this:

    Nor should we lose site of the fact that South Korea achieved this calmly, quietly, and without the heavy-duty draconian measures of America and China.

    Also this:

    Some countries are turning COVID-19 away at the door, while others are turning the tide of the pandemic

    As you can see in this chart, COVID-19 remains mostly controlled in Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. Taiwan is barely visible down there at the bottom, while Singapore actually hasn’t had enough deaths to make it onto the figure yet.

    (Source)

    And yet rather than employing the successful methods which South Korea and Singapore have employed, the United States has chosen the path of panic and fear — the precise path chosen by, for instance, mainland China, an authoritarian communist regime with the highest death-toll. The United States chose botched testing, bureaucracy, lockdown, and fearmongering-over-calm-and-clear-thinking.

    As infectious disease doctor Amesh Adalja (who’s been stellar throughout all this, not diminishing the danger but not overstating it either) recently put it:

    “It’s common sense to know your enemy. Instead, we’re all hiding inside our houses as we wait around for a vaccine — that’s not a good global strategy for battling a dangerous virus.”

    And, I would add, annihilating in the process a 20 trillion-dollar economy, the ramifications of which a large percentage of the American pubic, like American politicians, have no real conception of whatsoever.

    Meanwhile, the model used to horrify the world senseless was quietly tossed into the trash, without almost anyone even noticing.

    Doctor Michael Mina is an epidemiologist, immunologist, and physician at the Harvard School of Public Health and also a professor at Harvard Medical School. His area of expertise is vaccines, immunity, and infectious diseases. He’s logical and levelheaded — not on any lunatic-fringe — and he’s one of America’s best. Today he wrote this:

    In response to which, the previously mentioned infectious disease specialist, Dr. Amesh Adalja, who agrees with Dr. Mina, also pointed out:

    Finally, I think sage and sound the following quote, by an economist named Peter Earl:

    “It’s possible to believe that Covid-19 is potentially as lethal (or more) than even the highest estimates, contagion rates high or higher than estimates, and social distancing wise, while also believing that current government polices are misguided and tyrannical. They’re not mutually exclusive views.”

    No, they are not.

    They certainly are not.


    April 5th, 2020 | journalpulp | 6 Comments | Tags: , , ,

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  • Thomas J Hanly 04.05.2020

    Thank you, this is a great article. It’s refreshing to see a factual argument, so helpful. I would like to comment in a philosophical/spiritual sense as to what good can come from this. I see that people are very polarized right now and hearts are hard. People are angry, scared, full of expectations about what we should have done, what we need to do. For those who might be looking at these challenges as some form of judgment and are pointing fingers everywhere but themselves, I suggest taking a moment to look at yourself and find mercy. If you are afraid, if you are angry, take this time out as a gift to address this in yourself and to become a stronger and more compassionate person. My personal reaction has been anger. Mostly because of people’s fear and willingness to surrender to corruption. I am not sure what to do but I believe this will be over soon and I hope there will be a reall effort to come together and learn from our mistakes. Not like this fake coming together by staying home nonsense.

  • Thank you, my brutha. It’s good to see you.

  • Doc

    (“to not lose site of this:‘/. You need a new editor.)

    I’ll accept your chart, I have seen similar. I note you use raw numbers in instead of deaths per million citizens. Representations of raw numbers are the standard adopted when you want to claim that testing in a particular nation leads the world. But since we are concerned with the shape of the chart lines here, I can accept your chart as a fair premise for your argument.

    However, is there no rationale for a community agreement barring the practice of a behavior that is proven to cause harm to the community as a whole? (I’ll put aside the question of proof for now.) Isn’t it possible that such harm may infringe on other individual’s freedom? Couldn’t it be the case that the responsibility for discouraging such behavior is more efficiently and effectively assigned to a subset of the community? A volunteer organization, like a volunteer fire dept. I recognize this is a slippery slope. But it seems that there has to be a practical dividing line somewhere on the slope where it becomes fascism.

    I’m not interested in diatribes or polemics, but dialogue. I’m sure you have an answer to this line of thinking, that your response will be well considered. Just looking forward to hearing your views.

  • I actually DO believe in community agreement — in fact, that’s the whole thrust of my argument:

    I emphatically, stridently say — and cannot say enough — we do NOT need force or authoritarian decree precisely because humans with free agency can and will act voluntarily, just as they already were, prior to government mandates. Note, as well, how difficult it’s proving for politicians and bureaucrats to let go of those mandates, enacted barely six weeks ago, and that, my friend, is the total problem. Voluntary action among human beings is the solution.

  • Doc

    Community agreement, I’m on board.

    What do we do with splinter groups?

    Say protesters with ARs vs the groups they are opposing. Is it majority rule? Might makes right as Thrasymachus proposed?

    All questions from me. I’m only interested in dialogue about concepts, propositions, claims about which I have no certainty.

  • It depends largely upon the situation — or, more specifically, the location. Private businesses can and do make rules — and this is perfectly legitimate — such as: no entering this grocery store (or gas station or bar or wherever) without a mask and gloves. The whole notion of public property for protests is and has always been dicey for this reason — NAZI’s in the 40’s protesting in Illinois or the Klan or whatever. The solution ultimately is private property. Governments can’t rightfully force businesses to remain close indefinitely. Certainly at this point based upon the evidence of the spread and specifically the fact that Covid was for a fact in the country at least as early as January, probably earlier.

    https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20200505/coronavirus-florida-patients-in-florida-had-symptoms-as-early-as-january

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