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I would agree with this. We had no idea because of the bad info coming out of China and even Europe as nobody really knew what it was. Now we know that a certain population has a higher risk than others, we know it isn't nearly as deadly as originally thought, and we even have some drugs showing that they can be effective.
Now, it's a matter of getting people (research and doctors) used to do things in certain ways to modify their theories and realities. The machine that is in motion from the CDC down isn't a sports car. It doesn't turn quickly. And with the unrest and a nation at home with cable media, local media, and google, it has turned political as elected officials now navigate reelection with voters that think they under-reacted or overreacted. How quickly or slowly they move will have an impact in November and I am not talking about the white house. I think there is a 10% block of people that haven't decided but everyone else has in that race. Local officials are the ones that will win or lose seats based on how they get out of this now and we all know how badly they want to stay in power. We shall see what happens with the new information and better understanding.
The death is not high. The hospitalization rate is also not high. The reason for all of this is because we had no clue what we were dealing with 2 months ago.
I would add that the scientists working on COVID are largely the same folks who worked on SARS, EBOLA, AIDS, etc. Both of the white house doctors are also experts on the other viruses in recent history, but every virus has similarities to others and notable differences. COVID's difference is its contagiousness and high death rate.
I know many of us are struggling to navigate through this Covid 19 pandemic. Our family and work lives have changed greatly. Zoom, Teams, Duo are common terms in our everyday life at the moment.
The United States is one of the most powerful countries in the world. As a country in recent times, we have faced Aids, Sars, H1N1, Zika and Ebola. In each one of these deadly events, as a country we were still able to function with some sort of “normal” activities. We all took precautions for each of these public health crisis. However, we were still able to go to work. Visiting loved ones in the hospital was still allowed. Attending weddings, graduations, and funerals was not interrupted by the previous deadly viruses.
The questions I think we must all ask ourselves are...
1. Are our scientist and doctors not as smart as their
2. Why is this public health crisis different?
3. How did we end up in this situation?