Let’s do a little exercise, the point of which will be evident at the end of this column. Get or visualize your favorite big family photograph, multigenerational if possible. Put it in front of you or in your mind’s eye and just leave it there. It’s OK to forget about it for now.
Because of this horrific pandemic, our great nation and its citizens have had to think about their health and how to maintain it when a silent, mindless, potentially lethal pathogen stalks us. It has altered our routines, indeed, our way of life. Also, because of the anti-science rhetoric of some of the individuals who were tasked with leading us out of this mess, we have become more polarized than ever.
This will make our emergence from this public health crisis more difficult, and certainly longer lasting than it should as demonstrated by countries that adhered to evidence-based measures from the beginning, even without knowing what drugs would work, or if a vaccine would be available. That they have SAR-CoV-2 infectivity values (so called R naught) less than 1.0 speaks to the value of those strategies. And over 200,000 of our fellow Americans have died.
I am not writing […]
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