From a traditional medical perspective re-opening the economy repeatedly during the COVIDs was an error of huge magnitude. But the medico perspective coming from upper middle-class physicians far removed from the economic realities of the working class and small business owners not surprisingly failed to account for job losses caused by the closure of businesses that couldn’t afford perpetual rounds of lockdowns. So much emphasis was placed on “flattening the curve” it blinded a reality check that as effective as social distancing and home imprisonment was it simply insulated millions temporarily from being infected. The miserable failure of vaccines with the vaccinated becoming infected multiple times led to a feeling of hopelessness that often manifested itself into a variety of mental illnesses.
Out of the protective cocoon of home imprisonment many simply became easy meat for the COVIDs. And it was too late to crawl back in the cocoon. Social distancing was fated to fail and its only success was enabling hospitals to deal with a reduced load of serious COVID cases and its biggest failure was social distancing itself as setting up the world for a big fall.
Now I am a medico so my job is to protect lives and social distancing as a mantra initially made good sense to me. But after several months of the first wave as for social distancing anyone could see it was a dilatory tactic as opposed to a long-term effective management tool. So I became more of a proponent of economic realities and their psychological effect of the millions that lost their jobs. The stress and anxiety of job losses took a huge mental toll but as we physicians know all too well stress and anxiety is a killer just as COVID might be. There was a dramatic increase in domestic abuse, suicide, substance abuse and a general decline in physical and mental health and therefore ultimately to immunity.
Of course, there was political expediency in getting the economy running again. Governments were running out of money to financially support the unemployed and failing businesses. Social unrest was growing. Hungry and stressed-out people are a very dangerous political force as we shall see later.
So tossing caution to the wind, as it was becoming unaffordable, we opened up the gates to a decimating successive waves of COVID-19. Decimating as it was it did help establish herd immunity rendering the third, fourth and successive waves of COVID-19 very weak.
The propaganda machines particularly the government and their medicos endlessly shoving social distancing down everyone’s throat realized the governments of the world could no longer afford social distancing so the new mantra was a vaccine “cure”. That cure never arrived but a partially effective vaccine did with collateral damage sickening thousands along the way with its side effects that sometimes took many months to manifest themselves.
My point is that there was the virus and economic and social issues at play. The easy answer it would seem was to focus on the virus including testing, social distancing, hygienic practices and running the numbers game. That is a physician for you a technocrat with blinders on. Above and beyond the virus were economic and social issues that most physicians failed to diagnose. Blinded by the trees most physicians had no idea of the forest.
Photo Robert Tuomi