In my last post, I talked the current pandemic in that it was predictable, that it was going to be at least a year (and likely longer) before we’d see a vaccine, and that various treatments would be tried and many would fail. In this one, I’m going to talk about what I think will happen over the next year. Continue reading
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Like everyone else, I’ve been following the news about the COVID-19 pandemic, and the reactions in this country and others to it. Some are great, and some are really disturbing. There are areas struggling to deal with this, and others that seem to think they’re immune to it. I spent the first 20 years of my working life in medical research, and along the way, I’ve met many experts. Accordingly, I have some thoughts about this pandemic.
I recently had a series of conversations with one of the younger generation about health insurance. He and his family have a good insurance plan, which in addition to covering the usual things a young family has, also covers his diabetes medication. He got it through the insurance exchange, and it’s affordable for him. The reason I mention this, is that he assumed this was “normal,” and he takes it for granted. Which I pointed out to him was anything but.
Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of news stories and opinion columns from various conservative writers complaining about the “obstruction” in Congress by Democrats, long screeds about the inability of the President to get anything done because of the distraction of the special prosecutor’s investigation, and following hearings in the House. More recently, a number of the same writers touting the “exoneration” of the President by the investigation, and bemoaning the “death of democracy.” Leaving aside that the report did not exonerate President Trump, which was very clearly stated by the special prosecutor, the other complaints just show me that conservatives have absolutely no memory.
Every spring, I have to attend a state-wide supervisor’s conference. It’s something I’d rather not go to, since it’s mostly “same old, same old,” but the main value is the social interactions with the other supervisors. In the after-hours chatting, the buzz was about one of the supervisors recently having been fired. What did they do? They’d posted a very offensive racist comment on a newspaper story. Unfortunately for them, this particular newspaper used the Facebook comment plug-in, which linked that comment right back to their Facebook page. On which, they prominently had their job title and employer. The numerous people offended by the comment promptly sent off e-mails and made phone calls to the head office.