OK Boys - don't screw this up...
This pandemic wasn't a surprise. It was predicted. We were warned - many times with close-calls. The scientific community along with other prominent theorists (ie: good'ol Bill Gates for instance) all sent off the warning shots for a decade prior.
The Avian Flu didn't do it.
SARs didn't do it.
MERs didn't do it.
Ebola didn't do it.
Nothing woke us up enough to be really prepared for this. Sure we had some plans. We had some supplies set aside, some procedures drafted, but NO ONE had the magic checklist ready to say "WHOA this one is outta control and it's coming!"
So will we learn from our mistakes?
I will state we are probably at the next most dangerous state in this pandemic. We are jaded with this isolation - we don't want it anymore - we have many under financial duress - we have to "get back to normal as soon as possible". Our desires will be our downfall.
Let's all go to Vegas!
We need to be very careful here or all this time investment, all this suffering, is for nought.
In my opinion, I expect another wave soon. We have at least 3 major strains of this virus out there now. We are seeing outbreaks in China yet again, and they (the CCP) are lying to us (no surprise again) on the real facts.
What we need to do is simple, and there is no magic involved here, just hard work:
A. Rapidly construct a testing infrastructure to test the WHOLE population (not just the hospitalized):
1) Be able to test everyone to see if they have this virus (and quickly). We need to identify asymptomatic carriers and control local breakouts.
2) Test everyone to see if they are immune (ie: those that have resolved knowingly or unknowingly, with antibodies).
B. Expedite the creation/testing/distribution of vaccine and ensure the most susceptible of our populate receive this vaccine first.
I can tell you one thing - the public (and the politicians) may just be open for a smallest of a wee-bit time to listen to our NEXT set of (expected) challenges and maybe - just maybe - support the investment to prepare for them.
No I'm not talking about the end of the world, and certainly not a zombie attack (lol).
No I'm not talking about an asteroid hitting us.
No I'm not talking about some generic climate change event.
I am talking about our next wave of human suffering, barring more pandemics...
I am talking about a rapid rise in sea level. In my opinion this will happen in our generation - and it WILL happen sooner than everyone even can dream of it occurring. No I'm not crazy - but I am confident in what I am stating.
It is a fact that public support enables governments to act, and yes we have to fix some pandemic-related things once we get through this, but we ain't done yet...
I suggest reading this particular article. It's an impressive piece of work put together by Jeff Goodell for Rolling Stone Magazine and it spells it out pretty well: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-doomsday-glacier?utm_source=pocket-newtab
Not sold yet? No worries. The coronavirus did not care about our opinions either. Neither will this melting ice. And please, don't be stating this next disaster is an Act of God. He had nothing to do with it. We're the ones that are to blame here.
The real question to ask yourself: You want to be a victim (yet again) or not?
PS: For those who are enjoying the clear skies - this is what it would be like if we were all driving electric vehicles. Not bad, eh?
Patrick MJ Lozon