Victor Davis Hanson looks at the impact of the COVID-19 virus on American life; explains why panic will eventually have to give way to cost-benefit analysis; describes what the illness might mean for many of America’s adversaries; and takes a look back at other mass contagions that have shaped history.

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  1. colleenb Member
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    I do worry that the economic impact will far outweigh the health impact of the Wuhan Virus. Thanks as always for a few minutes in Professor Hanson’s classroom.

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  2. Arahant Member
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    colleenb (View Comment):
    I do worry that the economic impact will far outweigh the health impact of the Wuhan Virus.

    It already has.

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  3. kedavis Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    colleenb (View Comment):
    I do worry that the economic impact will far outweigh the health impact of the Wuhan Virus.

    It already has.

    Maybe it has so far, but to claim to already know that it will turn out that way at the end, is not credible.

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  4. Arahant Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    colleenb (View Comment):
    I do worry that the economic impact will far outweigh the health impact of the Wuhan Virus.

    It already has.

    Maybe it has so far, but to claim to already know that it will turn out that way at the end, is not credible.

    True, but that’s not what I said.

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  5. kedavis Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    colleenb (View Comment):
    I do worry that the economic impact will far outweigh the health impact of the Wuhan Virus.

    It already has.

    Maybe it has so far, but to claim to already know that it will turn out that way at the end, is not credible.

    True, but that’s not what I said.

    Not you in that post, although you didn’t add anything about “but maybe it won’t end up that way.”  However there are many claiming that they know for sure, and they are certainly mistaken.  Not about that it may actually turn out that way, but that they KNOW that it will.

    They’re also basing that claim on something they couldn’t POSSIBLY know, and which NOBODY EVER WILL KNOW, which is the number of deaths – and the eventual economic inpact! – if fewer or even NONE of the “extreme” measures they decry, had been taken.

    All of the “overreaction” claims I see, seem to assume that the casualty numbers would remain the same, and the economic impact would only go down.  There is no good justification for that attitude.

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