All true, but everyone has had the flu and knows that it’s
unpleasant but they got over it. (the people who died don’t have an
opinion) It’s hard if you don’t respect math to understand that the big
difference is that if you have the flu (see the vox.com explainer at https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2020/3/18/21184992/coronavirus-covid-19-flu-comparison-chart) you’ll maybe infect one person. With CV19, you would infect over 2 people.
So, the math-naive mind thinks, twice as many people get infected. Big Deal! It’s all Political!No, because you don’t multiply by two, two is the EXPONENT. You square the number. It isn’t 10,000 (doing nothing), and it isn’t 20,000. It could be 100,000,000 (doing nothing). Taking steps such as social distancing and universal testing, you can make a big dent in that, but it’s still terrible.But in America, both of those are hampered. Social distancing, because Freedom™ and Devin Nunes telling people to go to a “pub” (really? a pub? is he English?).
I have a belief. This is my belief. Pharma companies could have come up
with testing kits very fast and we could all be tested (or better, have
been tested) right away. But PE firms and hedge funds and investment
managers who control pharma companies expect massive returns. And until
they can make a kit for $8 and sell it for at least $8000, they’re not
going to permit the manufacture. Why should they take a loss? A “loss”
being defined as accepting <1000x profit margin.Also, as
we learned from the Story of Sen Burr (R-who cares), the heads of the
government knew the seriousness early. When Democrats said it was bad,
it was decried as a hoax, even as the Republicans were selling their
stocks in hotels and buying up stocks in facemasks.
A crash serves those with large cash reserves. Remember in 2016, DJT said that the housing crash was a great opportunity? Well, this is a great opportunity too. That young man I met at your house that last time, who works for a PE firm, he’s handling these deals right now.
Evil is not different in kind from regular behavior. It can just be different in scale. Exponential instead of arithmetical.