Social Distancing in the 21st Century Apr 6, 2020 10:06:18 GMT -7
Post by desertbikes on Apr 6, 2020 10:06:18 GMT -7
The anthropologist in me is fascinated by blundering societies we see before us. We were better prepared, in the 21st century, for the next plague. We had been working at self-social distancing since the TRS-80 was introduced, the smart phones sealed the deal. Business video conferencing was finally open to the masses with Skype & fiber optic connections. Kids could sit in the same room & text one another, heads down in symbiotic prayer to the alters of Apple & Android, and never even think of speaking. We no longer actually needed to be around each other. In many cases, remote communication was preferred. Or so we thought.
Why are there so many hot spots of virus clusters? Because people simply can't leave one another alone. And let's not forget the very real statistic that roughly 50% of the population have an IQ under 100. Put those two things together & you're screwed. From the Antonine plagues of Rome, the Black Death in the 14th century, to the Spanish flu of WWI, not even the assurance of death can keep us apart.
Now, the cats out of the bag regarding the ventilator stats - less than 20% survive & come off of one alive. To this day there's no evidence any drug works at all, despite our President's sales pitches. A vaccine is at least a year away, and another year before everyone is vaccinated - assuming it works on the strain at that time. Oil money & Israel have been looking for a vaccine for MERS, another corona virus, since 2016 with a clinical trial only completed in 2019 & set to go to market this year. Four years, folks. Like flu vaccines, it may only be up to 70% effective. And, let not loose sight of the fact that the "regular" flu still kills 12,000 to 40,000 people per year WITH vaccines, depending on whose stats you look at (deaths by pneumonia in the elderly are generally not investigated). Yet you don't keep your kids home when they're sick, you don't ask for time off when you are sick, you can't change your flight if the person next to you is coughing up flu goo...When this bout is over, life will go on as it did before. It has for over 2000 years. It always will.
We have a superstar disease! It's in the spotlight with millions of likes on facebook. It has gravitas & sex appeal. As a society, there is so much we can learn from it. Frankly I doubt we will. Why change now?