The Swedish epidemiologists, just as everyone else was shutting down, said “coronavirus is going to be with humanity maybe forever, just like influenza; can you stay shut down forever?”
Today’s question is whether the U.S. can have a permanent state of emergency based on the threat of coronaplague.
- “Gov. Lee Extends State of Emergency to Aug. 29, 2020” (Tennessee, June 29)
- “Gov. Kemp extends Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency” (Georgia, June 29)
- “State of emergency extended until July 15: What Gov. Scott’s declaration means for Vermont” (June 15)
- “Governor Mills Renews State of Civil Emergency For 30 Days As Maine Reopens, Continues to Combat COVID-19” (June 10)
Maybe we don’t like the new coronaplagued world, but at what point do we have to say “this is how life on Earth is; this is not an ’emergency'”?
- April 17: Swedish MD/PhD says get used to coronavirus (and notes that, if influenza had been new in 2019, humanity would have panicked in exactly the same way that it panicked regarding coronavirus)
- June 29: a different Swedish MD/PhD says get used to coronavirus…. Throughout it all, Tegnell has argued that the world is only in the first stage of dealing with a long, uncertain battle with Covid-19. That’s why Sweden’s strategy — keep much of society open, but train people to observe distancing guidelines — is the only realistic way to cope in the long run, he says.