We should avoid politicizing this crisis with recounting all the dumb things that politicians have said; that would be a full time occupation and it really detracts from the central issues of not about what they said, but about the egregious things they have done.
We’ve heard so much about the need to “flatten the curve”, yet there is no longer a curve to flatten. The “curve” is now a vertical line straight up the Y axis, and will accelerate with the ever increasing testing, most of which is in NYS. That’s only logical as the more you test, the more results you have, and only proves the point that this virus does what all viruses do. All the modeling and geometric progression analyses will do nothing as reliable epidemiologists already know. What we need is empirical data, and the greater the statistical base, the better the data.
By all means we as citizens should use our common sense as with all viruses:
- Practice careful hygienic and sanitary procedures.
- When sick, see a doctor and stay at home.
- The medical industry needs to provide protective equipment for health care providers.
- The medical industry needs to provide ICU equipment, such as ventilators and respirators.
- The medical industry needs to provide research for treatment and eventually vaccines.
Cuomo had the foresight to bypass the sclerotic FDA and CDC and allow all POC facilities to do testing and to commission the 200+ licensed laboratories in NYS for results. While he deserves credit for doing the right thing, his culpability in lock-downs is something contrary to his own stated instincts about fearing panic, which is a disease that spreads instantly and is a far greater threat than COVID19.
Sweden has not instituted the same draconian measures as the US and other countries due to their concern about the long term damage to their economy with lock-downs; they actually thought about the consequences of such policies, like how destroying an economy will lead to impoverishment and related health issues. That’s really no surprise given Sweden’s far reaching visionary reforms taking the country out of the horrors of socialism as the unsustainable costs reached 70% of their GDP and high taxes were eviscerating their economy.
While the US government’s political policy reactions to 911 resulted in a severe degradation of our liberties, the government’s COVID19 policies will do the same to our economic wellbeing and freedoms.