COVID19: The future will judge our overreaction

Human-based governments are not well equipped to handle the contradiction we are facing now.    We have to make decisions now based on the influential population we have now.   As a result, we are unable to consider the needs of the influential population we will have when this crisis is over.   Most of the decisions made now will benefit people who will no longer be around when the future has to deal with the consequences.   In addition many of those who do survive will be handicapped directly by the policies we made to benefit people who are no longer around.

Render to COVID19 what is COVID19’s

From a policy perspective there is a opportunity choice to make.   One, the government devotes resources to acquiring and managing ventilator inventories. Or two, the government devotes resources to finding a way for future patients to never need ventilators.   It appears to me that we have decided on the first option, thus condemning future survivors to endure the lung damage from ventilators.

COVID19: Ventilators

We may be wasting valuable energy and attention on obtaining, allocating, and stockpiling ventilators that are not going to change the overall statistical outcomes of this pandemic.   We may be better off focusing our attention on other more productive avenues for protecting the population from reaching the point where ventilators are the last available option.   

Medical Privacy and Pandemic Privacy

Given the established one-size fits all medical policies, we have no choice but to allow the general population only to know general counts of cases and outcomes with no additional information such as precise locations and the specific age or other characteristics of that location’s patient.   I ask whether there has ever been a time when anyone in government has seriously defended this approach with a serious consideration that an epidemic could actually happen before the collapse of society.

Consumer appliances for life support for infectious diseases: never allowed to develop?

Based on our current system of government based on democratic processes and product liability lawsuits, we deny ourselves an option to responding to this epidemic: availability of consumer life-support systems.   This option potentially could save more lives or at least provide comfort to more people than what hospitals can dispense.   It is because of our forms of governing that we have made such devices illegal or prohibitively expensive for consumers.

Keeping people out of hospitals during epidemics

In a pandemic, there are primarily just a few conditions that need treatment, where pneumonia is probably the most common.   So, part of preparation for a future pandemic should have focused more attention on preparing for pneumonia treatment instead of counting on processes to prevent the pandemic to spread in the first place.   If we had better treatment for pneumonia and had better stores of equipment to manage the condition, we would have less to fear from pandemics.

Covid19: Rolling Quarantines

Based on the recent policy decisions, we have learned that pandemics are unavoidable and unpredictable.   We learned that the best minds in epidemiology dictate a policy that inevitably kills businesses instantly, and obliterates capital everywhere.   We learned there is no point in any form of long-term planning or investing because the public policy is that everything is expendable when it comes to fighting a pandemic of anything with an elevated rate of mortality.

Covid19: Competing purposes of testing

As during the Prohibition where people moved their social gathering from public bars and saloons to their private residences, I think the same thing will happen now.   Social gathering in comparable numbers will resume but they will be in private “speak easy” locations with restricted entry to those who have the right test results instead of knowing the right password.

Covid19: Eastern Airlines Flight 401 for our time

The world is getting close to the terrain and it is speeding up, but we’re entirely focused on some problem.   That problem we are focusing on is serious, but if left alone it will not alone lead to the demise of the entire modern economy and the civilization that economy supports.   On the other hand, single-minded focus on this problem can leave everything in ruin.   I don’t trust the pilots.