Like strong armor that will protect you as long as you aren’t stabbed in between the plates, this pandemic is revealing some gaping vulnerabilities in our society.
Ideally, our federal government should have taken notice in early January when a novel coronavirus was detected in China and started killing people over there. We needed containment measures then.
They should have started the process of mass-producing test kits to quickly diagnose it at the first signs of illness rather than waiting until the outbreak arrived on our shores. We could have “nipped this in the bud” early, as the saying goes.
We could have avoided widespread fear and imposing of “social distancing” policies that are ruining basketball season and canceling that concert you’ve been looking forward to since you bought the tickets in October. Tom Hanks wouldn’t be self-quarantined in his hotel room.
And the stock market wouldn’t be in a free-fall if markets felt confident that we were ahead of the curve, proactive instead of reactive.
Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.