What if this isn’t the end of the world as we know it?
Rachel Bovard at American Greatness:
The Chinese coronavirus crisis has unmasked much about America in just a few short weeks: the vulnerabilities in our critical supply chains, the burdensome and bureaucratic regulatory regime that stifles our public health response, the selfishness of Millennials and Gen-Zers who think social distancing is an Instagram meme, and the latent corporatism in both of our established political parties.
One hopes that when we are collectively on the other side of this, we can all have a national conversation about what went wrong and adjust our policy parameters accordingly.
One thing is certain – the Kung Flu is not Captain Trips, the superflu that kills 98% of the people in the world in Stephen King’s The Stand. Another thing that seems obvious is that we were not ready for a deadly pandemic similar to the Spanish Flu of 1918-1920. Perhaps that could make the Chinese Lung Rot a blessing in disguise.
Imagine a flu that 80% of the people got and that killed 10% of its victims. A flu like that would kill tens of millions of people in the United States alone. We need to be prepared to face a virulent pandemic without bringing our economy to a crashing halt.
Or perhaps that is asking too much. How much of our freedom do we want to sacrifice for an average strain of influenza? How do we avoid a situation where the government cries wolf every year or two and people ignore the warnings? How do we keep the news media from behaving like blithering idiots? Perhaps occasional pandemics are the sort of thing that we have to accept as part of the price of freedom.
But one thing that must change – just as we cannot be dependent on foreign oil we cannot allow ourselves to be dependent on anyone else (but especially China) for our medicines and medical supplies. And it wouldn’t hurt to make hoarding toilet paper a felony.