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Whether or not we should have been, we were caught unprepared by this epidemic. There will be plenty of time to assign blame when this current phase is over. I’m willing to excuse virtually any error if it was made with good intentions. That doesn’t include naked power grabs; those have to be exposed and punished. But unpreparedness, miscalculations, overly optimistic or pessimistic assumptions, and excessive or inadequate reactions: all of these can be expected when something this big and this novel happens this quickly.
But it can only happen once. Assuming this peaks soon, as seems likely, and assuming it is expected to return in the winter, as again seems likely, we have a few months to prepare.
Next time, we should accept the deaths rather than shut down. This isn’t the last epidemic we’ll experience, and we can’t be brought to our knees each time a particularly virulent strain reaches our shores.
We have time to prepare. Our government should do that, investing as necessary in this aspect of our defense. It should do it with the understanding that we the American people are unwilling to be caged again because our defenses were inadequate for something that we now know is out there.
Never again.Published in