I was laughing the other day when reading a suggestion that we should have a judicial review of our handling of the pandemic. The writer thought it would be helpful for the next pandemic. Sure. Did you note how we all rushed to read the notes from the Spanish Flu pandemic a hundred years ago? I wonder if that writer had taken the time to Google the word ‘epidemiologist’?
Even the study of how humans so generously share diseases with each other requires grounding. Here we are in the third wave of the coronavirus and we are still a little vague on just how we catch it. You would figure that by the time we have seen a disease kill more than three million of us, we would have a better grip on the cause. All the layman has learned, so far, is that it is airborne and you can’t see it.
I think, in this case, we bypassed the epidemiologists and headed right for a vaccine. Any of us with a bit of a background in the science involved were impressed with how fast we got to vaccines. That might have also fed some stupid antivaxxers’ concerns. It could also have been scholarly arguments among the medical community that generated some of those concerns.
There are those of us who pay attention to the lock-down conditions and there were those who scoff at them. Of course, none of us law-abiding citizens are assuming that it will be the scoffers who will soon be at the local hospital. That would be vindictive!
But are Canadians enjoying watching images on the news of Brits, Americans and others going out mask less and in groups? We have had so many stops and goes in the past 14-months, we might just show the politicians who ordered us around so erratically what we think of it in the next election.
And there is always the economic side of this pandemic. It seems in Canada we have made the rich richer and penalized the working poor. Seniors have been thrown a few dollars a couple times, to keep them quiet.
But the Trudeau government has come up with a new economic theory that says if you have money or made money last year, the government will give you more. And if you don’t have money, you obviously don’t need any. You get all this and covid-19 too!
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