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The last couple of months have seen several new phrases enter the popular lexicon: “social distancing,” “flattening the curve” and “shelter in place” to name a few. (Somewhere George Orwell is spinning in his grave.) Another phrase which is not new, but is newly popular, is herd immunity.
Sometimes there’s safety in numbers. A Cape Buffalo in a herd is less likely to be eaten by lions than a straggler. Sometimes there’s danger. American Indians stampeded herds of Bison over cliffs and butchered the injured and dead. We ordinary Americans seem more like Bison stampeded by experts than Cape Buffalos staring down hungry lions.
If you make bad bets, you can try to fix the game to keep from losing. The President’s medical experts, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx bet their credibility and the US economy on a lot of deaths from the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Mississippi State University engineers were able to convert more than 550 ventilators from battery to AC power so they can be used in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Too bad there’s not an over/under for Covid-19 metrics. It would be a useful check against numbers coming from the President’s experts, the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, reporters, and others in the Chicken Little business (i.e., the bad news sells business)
If it bleeds, it’s the lede. Disaster headlines sold newspapers (when people read them). Now screaming talking heads sell panic on TV. It’s contagious. The precautionary principle becomes: assume the worst and follow the herd.