Health and Medicine

The Year That Was

I suspect Bill Lind is probably right provided we don’t get another wave of COVID-19 in the fall season.

By William S. Lind

Traditional Right

December 31, 2020

That was the year that was; it’s over, let it go. And boy, are we happy to see the last of 2020.

2020 has already gone down in history as the year we made fools of ourselves. Yes, the Chinese Flu, as most people now call it, started it all. But nothing from China forced us to panic the way we did. The panic was all grown right here in the U.S.A., in the infernal hothouse known as the media.

When the Chinese Flu first hit, nobody knew much about it. Fear, maybe even a bit of panic, was understandable. The government was right to put the classic measures against epidemics into effect: quarantining the sick, closing places where people gather, ordering “social distancing”. But by the time the Chinese Flu really got going in this country, we had hard data telling us this was not the Black Death. It was more contagious than the common flu, and had a slightly higher death rate, still less than 1% in the end. But the new flu didn’t force us to shut down the whole economy. Panic did that. While various public figures were saying the epidemic might last all summer or even all year, we knew from the experiences of China and South Korea that it ran a bell-shaped curve lasting about eight weeks.


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