by Brian C. Joondeph, M.D.
Back in March, the COVID mantra was, “15 days to slow the spread”, meaning flattening the curve. The purpose was to avoid overwhelming the medical system as no one really knew what we were up against with the Wuhan virus.
This allowed time for the system to adapt and recalibrate to this new illness. As the virus peaked in mid-April, the subsequent months should have been the normal course of a viral pandemic, some getting sick to varying degrees, others unfortunately dying, but eventually reaching herd immunity, itself a longstanding concept — suddenly controversial.
This has been the course of past flu seasons and other viral pandemics, but none lead to shutting down economies all over the world, causing incalculable financial and social devastation to cities, states, countries, and individuals. Just when we see a light at the end of the tunnel there is a reported surge in cases, often timed to political events.