Thanks David for the sensible approach, although personally I’d have dropped the highly emotive word “Pandemic” from the title… The real lesson to be learned from COVID-19 is how easily hundreds of millions of people can be whipped into mass hysteria by sensationalist mass-media eager to boost ad revenues. Foolish politicians, always eager to avoid being blamed for something, then exacerbate the hysteria by ill-conceived reactions. Sadly it seems we will absolutely not learn the lesson of how easily we’re stampeded into absurd behaviors; we’ll merely forget and then be just as vulnerable next time around. Whereas our immune systems learn to recognize insults and respond powerfully the next time round, our brains seem incapable of learning anything much at all.

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