Down-to-earth logic and reasoning from a professional perspective we desperately need at this time of relentless panic.
Another intelligent perspective we’d be wise to take on board from Jeremy R. Hammond, Independent Journalist, Author, and Writing Coach, echoes this article:
His greatest fear in this unprecedented COVID-19 panic of more unknown than known is
“I am frankly far more afraid of authoritarian governmental reactions to the virus and the setting of dangerous precedents than I am of the virus itself.”
His views from his latest newsletter:
“…when people are living in fear, they are willing to accept extreme authoritarian measures that set dangerous precedents in terms of threatening our precious liberties.
This is particularly frightening to me in a climate of fear where our right to informed consent is already under assault and mandatory vaccination is being pushed on everyone. If we do not defend our rights, mandatory use of an experimental coronavirus vaccine is not beyond the realm of possibility, and if that were to happen, the harm to the population could be severe and irreversible.”
“Policies could have been enacted to help flatten the curve without causing severe harm to the economy, starting with simply educating the public and trusting that people will act in their own best interests rather than treating us all as too stupid to think for ourselves and make our own decisions.
By trying to block transmission through draconian measures, governments are not just harming the economy but also just keeping populations vulnerable to continued outbreaks by preventing the development of population immunity that would protect those at greatest risk.”
At a time when everyone needs better information, from disease modelers and governments to people quarantined or just social distancing, we lack reliable evidence on how many people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 or who continue to become infected. Better information is needed to guide decisions and actions of monumental significance and to monitor their impact.
Draconian countermeasures have been adopted in many countries. If the pandemic dissipates — either on its own or because of these measures — short-term extreme social distancing and lockdowns may be bearable. How long, though, should measures like these be continued if the…
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