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 all 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.