Panicking, running around in circles, and screaming in terror is hardly new behavior for human beings. We are all scared of something. In fact, the fear of the unknown scares all of us. Hence the Coronavirus (COVID-19) scares all of us. This disease with a strange name comes out of China, land ruled by tyrants no one should trust. Therefore, we reacted with an overabundance of caution. To prevent the spread of the virus, we shut down anything we could. Did we overreact?
Professor Knut Wittkowski, the subject matter expert interviewed in the video above, clearly argues that we did, suggesting that we should have taken a far more restrained approach. Is he right? Is that not something we should be thinking about? Well, you won’t see much about Wittkowski in the so-called mainstream media? Why? Fear sells news? Keeping the economy shutdown hurts Trump? Keeping the economy shut down is good for the environment? Liberal Democrats get thrills up their legs when they see the power of Big Government displayed? All the above? Probably.
Is Wittkowski the expert we should all be listening to? I don’t know. I just know that the so-called mainstream media has refused to give Wittkowski a hearing. They have pooh-poohed the concept of “herd immunity” by arguing that the only safe way we can get herd immunity is with a vaccine. But we don’t have a vaccine, and we don’t know for certain if one is even possible.
So, what about that question? Did we overreact? Initially, we went with the information we had, and that information was incomplete. We were afraid the virus had a higher lethality rate than it probably has. Obviously, if the virus kills and permanently harms a high percentage of people, gaining herd immunity becomes a costly proposition.
What about a situation like the flu, however. We have vaccines, but they don’t work well. They are hardly worth the trouble. What if COVID-19 only kills a few elderly people, makes a few people mildly ill, and children don’t even seem to get sick? We are at the point where we should be able to answer that question. If the answer is “yes”, is it not time we stopped pretending that there is something virtuous about panicking, running around in circles, screaming in terror, and shutting down our economy? To feed, cloth, and shelter ourselves and each other, we all need to get back to work.
There is no shame is overreacting to a threat because we don’t understand the threat. However, it silly to keep overreacting when we know better. Is the concept of herd immunity working where it has been tried?
- H/T to Perspectives on the Pandemic (smokeofsatan.wordpress.com)
- Coronavirus Perspective—Revised (hoover.org)
- Meet the former NYT reporter who is challenging the coronavirus narrative (foxnews.com)
- PETER HITCHENS: The deep velvet quiet of our cities is as terrifying as a fire bell in the night (hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk)
- Documents contradict UK government stance on Covid-19 ‘herd immunity’ (msn.com)
- Has Sweden Found the Right Solution to the Coronavirus? (nationalreview.com)