Educating the general public from the beginning would have been a big help. The public should have been informed about the benefits of taking vitamin D. Those with comorbidities should have been educated on the use of P100 respirators and educated on performing a fit test. These respirators should have been stockpiled and distributed to allIf 100% wore masks, lives would be saved, period. It’s lunacy that conservatives have chosen this as the hill to die on. Trump took decisive action to stop Chinese travel early on, and called himself a wartime president at one point. If he doubled down on this theme and called upon all Americans to wear masks as a patriotic duty early on... I am damn sure nobody in this thread would be crying about oppressive masks. Even if masks were no more effective than the scrap metal program of WWII, it would boost morale and unify people in a non-partisan way. Use the wartime production act to give every American a box of N95 masks instead of 1200 dollars of printed money.
Unfortunately we find ourselves living with the hyper politicization of a public health issue that should have never been political in nature. Whether this virus comes roaring back in the winter due to seasonality (like all other coronaviruses known to man) or not, it will have political consequences. If the War-Time effort mentioned above had been taken, Trump would win in an absolute landslide. Instead, old senile Joe will have a decisive victory by Wednesday morning (come back here and quote me if I’m wrong).
Let’s hope the senate doesn’t flip too, or you will really get to see what a loss of freedom looks like. You can be proud that you kept an open pie-hole and fog free glasses. Hope it was worth it.
Side note: I saw a frail 80+ year old couple with little ‘protect others’ masks on in the grocery store early last Sunday morning. They were getting a few old people groceries and two flats of canned dog food. Thinking of those old people getting sick broke my heart. I guess they didnt have the luxury of ‘staying home if they were afraid’. Same trip I saw a slightly obese redneck with a sleeveless camo shirt give me a glare for wearing a mask. I’ll keep my thoughts about that to myself.
high risk people. Mask wearing for the rest of the population would be completely optional. Businesses should have been left open.
In 1968 we had a flu pandemic with a similar mortality rate. I lived through that one. Businesses continued to operate and life went on. Yes, people died, just like they have through all the other pandemics in history.
We will have more pandemics. These are normal and cyclical.
They will also become more frequent due to an ever increasing human population and ever increasing populations of farm animals to support it.
Southeast Asia will likely be ground zero for the next one. Too many people, too many chickens and pigs, and unsanitary conditions. This is heaven to a zoonotic species jumping virus.
We need to adapt. Just like our ancestors did.