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Well, there appears to have been some sort of plan just about everywhere. It just seems like the plans didn't involve a marginally more aggressive cold virus. I suspect if it wasn't for the panic whipped up over the ongoing US-China tensions, there wouldn't be this same panic. It would be an especially bad winter virus season maybe, but 99+ percent of the fatalities are among those that are already morbidly ill or morbidly old.
The plans were probably anticipating an Ebola or a Cholera, not this.
There are plans. The ones I've seen are good ones. I was involved with setting up some of them a dozen or so years ago.
The problem is that they depend on the willingness of each jurisdictions chief executive to run the plan. In my town, it's a good plan and they're running it well. It's mostly boring, as well-run disaster response should be. Elsewhere, it's a different story, particularly in those cases in which the chief executive got there by being a grandstander. Such people are in over their heads.
What's interesting to me is how the White House has handled things. They've put the states in the spot to lead. I've never seen this before, primarily because the previous leadership has been underwhelming, and has tended to be swayed by partisan interests. The failure of Louisiana and New Orleans to run their EOPs during Katrina being the most egregious case in point. It will be interesting to see whether the grandstanders will rise to the occasion now that accountability has been thrust upon them.
NH DHealth issued early announcement that they have 30 years of experience handling pandemics - they have one every year - and explained how they would handle this one. And so they have. Couple thousand tested, more in the pipeline, >80% negative 100 +/- in hospital, 1 death. Yup, we are a small state but the places with trouble could have been predicted based on past behaviour and actions. The image seems quaint now, but don’t you think it’s hugely ironic that it’s now forbidden to correct the personal behaviour or hygiene of anyone, regardless of how it affects the health and well-being of those around them.
Isn't there a bunch of nearly empty Malls that would fit the bill?
Our local hospital wants to add a $350 million campaign of expansion. Perfect location. numerous wings for isolation. Plenty of parking. Some direct freeway inflow. Was probably close to foreclosure before this began. Now it could be a perfect opportunity. Maybe the owners could even donate it for a tax write-off.