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Masks as insight into the public health administrator’s mind

Despite my criticisms, I have generally felt that our public health officials have done a reasonable job.   I’d give them something in the C+ to B range.  This grade does not include the colossal testing failure, which I suspect was thanks to bureaucrats who we may discover are not public health people at all.  But there is another major test that has been failed, and this one is squarely in the laps of our ‘expert’ health officials.

This failure concerns masks.

We have known for a very, very, very long time that masks have great potential to curb the spread … continue reading...

No, you AREN’T the only person who cares about people

Before all this started… say, about the second week of Feb… people were asking me if I was worried about the coronavirus.  Based on the data at the time, my answer was, “I worry more about the response than I do the virus.”  It really wasn’t that hard to predict what was going to transpire.  Just need to be moderately observant.

However, this seems like a good time to repeat something else I’ve said numerous times over the years:  it isn’t the bad people that ‘worry’ me; bad people act in defiance of their own consciences which alert them to … continue reading...

Reaping the Whirlwind–Coronavirus vs. the Flu, the CDC vs Effectiveness; China in Retrospect

Things are going about the direction I figured they would weeks ago.  Two weeks ago, I wondered how our liberties would fare when laid up against the coronavirus.   This was pre-Italy, mind you.  The writing, as it were, was on the wall.

At this point, the question of whether or not we are going to go draconian is moot.   The only question now is of degree.  What I would have preferred was an evidence based approach which zeroed in on the most vulnerable communities–the old folks.

It isn’t that I didn’t perceive a threat to everyone else, or that … continue reading...