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The debate over whether to continue lockdowns well into summer or immediately phase-in a cautious reopening based on CDC and other recommendations has shifted to bad analogies and memes. Like the one below. Dr. Kevin Folta is a plant biologist from Florida whom I respect and usually agree with on food biotechnology issues.
His analogy fails mostly because its predicates are completely false. Then it gets worse. I’ll let you figure it out.
I’m especially offended suggesting that shutting down over 22+ million jobs and the businesses that created them is somehow “uncomfortable treatment.” Tell that to the 31-year-old husband and father of a toddler or two who, along with his spouse, have lost their jobs and incomes while staring mortgages and car payments (and more) in the face. Uncomfortable, indeed. I suspect that Dr. Folta is still getting a paycheck.
A better analogy might be that you’ve come down with a communicable disease that is dangerous to others, and your livelihood has to be put on hold while you recover and shelter in place. And for everyone with the disease — 96% of whom will recover — 385 others have to stop their livelihoods and shelter in place at the same time, even if they’re not sick (or have recovered). That’s the ratio of our population to confirmed cases. The ratio of newly unemployed (over the past four to five weeks — and wait until the report on Friday, April 23) to confirmed cases is 26:1.
But there are other flawed analogies making their way on to social media. I’ll let one of my favorite blog sites share examples and explain the obvious flaws with them.Published in