Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Liberals are all excited about the number of Covid cases. Not me.
Cases don’t matter in a public policy discussion, only effects on the
public, i.e. hospitalizations and deaths.
Think of it this way: Covid is a virus, as is the rhinovirus, which
causes the common cold; influenza, which causes the flu; and herpes
simplex, which causes cold sores. Those viruses are everywhere and
everybody has them lurking in their bodies all the time, but most of the
time they cause no symptoms so nobody cares that they have the viruses.
We don’t count cases of cold sore outbreaks because nobody dies of a
cold sore. We don’t count cases of the common cold because nobody gets
hospitalized for it.
We do count cases of the flu because that does kill people – very young
and very old, mostly. But not inactive cases. We don’t go around
randomly testing people to see if they have influenza virus in their
bodies. We only count cases that are bad enough for hospitalization or
result in death, because those are the cases that have a public impact.
People walking around with virus in the body but no symptoms are ignored.
That’s how we should be handling Covid. Count hospitalizations and
deaths, only. By that measure, the epidemic is over. 125 people die
every day in Minnesota, from all sources. The number of people being
hospitalized or dying from Covid is in the single digits. If we weren’t
specifically searching for it, Covid would be indistinguishable from
statistical background noise.
The epidemic is over. We won. Open everything.
We have an entire generation – and on the left, probably more like two entire generations – who think “hardship” was “losing the 2016 election”. They hear people talking about the Spanish Flu, the breakdown of Europe, the Depression, World War 2, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Stagflation and the National Malaise, the Cold War and the Nuclear Arms race, and seem to feel left out of the Existential Dread sweepstakes.
And so Covid will serve as an existential crisis for a generation that doesn’t really know what existential crisis is.