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Good piece on the Coronavirus and Government's attempt to control it .
One of the reasons the lockdown debate is so psychologically difficult is it involves getting the public to choose between two risks, one with a tight sigma (economic collapse) versus another with a poorly defined sigma, the virus. Many people are hard pressed to select between a familiar, predictable system run-down and “high-profile, hard-to-predict, and rare event … beyond the realm of normal expectations,” It has divided the public into those who would rather endure a known, but certain economic doom than take their chances with a less predictable yet psychologically more menacing viral hazard — or vice versa.
Unfortunately we now know there is a third source of risk, arising from the chance that governments may initiate reactions to the pandemic that are catastrophic and unforeseen. Examples include the nursing home massacre and inflicting lasting damage on whole swaths of the economy. Such government reactions, far from having predictable linear effects, can be Black Swans in their own right.
If the lockdown set new standards for the intensity of government response to pandemics it also increased the risk of bureaucratically induced harm. Like the patients done in by a cytokine storm, countries and states may survive the virus only to succumb to their own countermeasures, felled by their own bureaucratic reaction.
And no one - not anywhere - has specified what metric will be used and what the acceptable score is to declare It’s Over! I’m very much disinclined to signup for a never ending medical regimen -like Wear Your Mask - that has no long term test results to tell me its efficacy and its side effects. I’m one of the ones who always gets the side effects that nominees else gets. So I’ll never sign up for any vaccine - whenever it’s produced.
Only a politician could be dumb enough to believe that criminals released from prison due to the COVID-19 pandemic would not commit more crimes and NYC residents will stay in the city with closed beaches rather than travel and over crowd all the open beaches outside the city.