Ep. 10 M-m-m-my Corona
I am sure you have all had one of those days. The effects of the Coronavirus are felt from coast to coast. No one is immune…literally.
Today on the pod we are chatting about Covid-19, it has crashed economies and broken health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces, schools, workplaces, and restaurants. It has separated people from their family and their friends. It has disrupted modern society on a scale that no one has ever witnessed. It. Was. Inevitable. So how did we get caught with our pants down? The Washington Post and many others wrote in 2016 about our inadequate preparedness for a pandemic. Bill Gates has been telling anyone who would listen, including the 18 million viewers of his TED Talk. And yet, in 2018, Trump dismantled the Pandemic Response team.
“On the Global Health Security Index, a report card that grades every country on its pandemic preparedness, the United States has a score of 83.5—the world’s highest. Rich, strong, developed, America is supposed to be the readiest of nations. That illusion has been shattered. Despite months of advance warning as the virus spread in other countries, when America was finally tested by COVID-19, it failed.” – The Atlantic.
We discuss the THREE options for what could go down:
ONE: As with SARS, all countries could bring the virus under control simultaneously. This one is not possible at this point.
TWO: The virus burns through the world and leaves behind enough immune survivors that it eventually struggles to find viable hosts. This “herd immunity” scenario would be quick and tempting. But it would also come at a terrible cost in lives. This does not seem to be the chosen plan, but due to the American bungled response, seems to be a little like what we are doing.
THREE: This is the plan we hope for, pretend to be doing, but is also the longest time-frame. Which is to play a game of ‘Whack-A-Mole’ where the virus pops up after our months of distancing… periodically social distance in locations that spike… Until a vaccine can be produced, which is 12-18 months in a BEST case scenario.
We also go off on a couple of tangents, as friends do. Leah has a ‘chesty’ cough and Colleen’s daughter has been diagnosed ‘Presumed Covid’. The local response is that we simply do not have testing in the state, even for those who are “supposed to” qualify for it.
Join us for a casual chat about what is on everyone’s mind…M.m.m.m.mmmmy Corona. You may want to pour a glass of wine!
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