Retrospect on about one year of COVID...
...is it headed for the rear view mirror? Probably.
I wanted to post this commentary because I found it to be the best summary of the pandemic and our dysfunction in appropriately addressing the disease. Hope you enjoy the analysis. 15 min
More along these lines from The Atlantic
... the reporting nor the public-health messaging has reflected the truly amazing reality of these vaccines. There is nothing wrong with realism and caution, but effective communication requires a sense of proportion—distinguishing between due alarm and alarmism; warranted, measured caution and doombait; worst-case scenarios and claims of impending catastrophe. We need to be able to celebrate profoundly positive news while noting the work that still lies ahead. However, instead of balanced optimism since the launch of the vaccines, the public has been offered a lot of misguided fretting over new virus variants, subjected to misleading debates about the inferiority of certain vaccines, and presented with long lists of things vaccinated people still cannot do, while media outlets wonder whether the pandemic will ever end.
And from an interview with Dr Monica Gandhi-
Dr. Gandhi: ... Like March 11th was the day that the WHO declared this a worldwide pandemic. November 9th, we got the first press release from the first vaccine. Phase three clinical trial, that fast. And then we’ve had seven phase three clinical trials. So we have seven vaccines in circulation around the globe that work. And they work exactly using the same protein in different ways using that protein, and they work beautifully, and they all work beautifully against preventing what even made us notice on January 31st, 2019 or December 31st, 2019 that something terrible was happening, which is severe disease.
So we all have to make our own decision about getting vaccinated and which vaccine to get. We got the first one we could...a Moderna. Second shot is next week. The Florida Folk Festival crowd has decided to gather end of May and have our own mini-fest. Everyone in the group will be vaccinated by then. These doctors make me feel good about the decision.
Guess I wanted to share the optimism that we are at the beginning of the end of this pandemic. I'm sorry we lost over a half million people in the US, most through mismanagement and poor treatments. Before it is over, I believe we may match the US deaths from the 1918 influenza pandemic...
Before COVID-19, the most severe pandemic in recent history was the 1918 influenza virus, often called “the Spanish Flu.” The virus infected roughly 500 million people—one-third of the world’s population—and caused 50 million deaths worldwide (double the number of deaths in World War I). With no vaccine to protect against the virus, people were urged to isolate, quarantine, practice good personal hygiene, and limit social interaction.
Be well and keep a good heart!