If you’re trying to cobble a reasonably objective perspective on the coronavirus, you have at least a couple of options. On one hand, you can consider quantitative information like this:
- 1 million people a year die from heart disease.
- 8 million people a year die from cancer.
- 8 million adults die every year as a result of being overweight or obese.
- More than 10,000 people die every year as a result of drunk driving.
- COVID-19 has a 99.96% survival rate
On the other hand, you can consider qualitative information like this:
We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter because it’s not going to be easy. It’s really quite frankly depressing to see that because you know what’s ahead. We’ve been through this before. Don’t ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic. And don’t try and look at the rosy side of things. (Dr. Anthony Fauci, addressing a panel of doctors from Harvard Medical School on 9/10/20.)
Do I endorse either one? I wouldn’t dare. But to steal a phrase from Dr. Fauci, it’s really quite frankly depressing to know this kind of dichotomous information is all the clarity we’re going to get.
So, what are we to do under circumstances like these? There’s only one rational thing we can do — get the funk:
If we’re going to be kept in a state of constant confusion, we may as well tap our toes.