Members of the legacy media and the political class keep repeating the mantra “follow the science” by which they mean extended shutdowns and canceled family holidays.
The problem is that epidemiology is not the only science. Economics is a science too, and it deserves its place at the table. While some sectors are recovering quite quickly, many people at the bottom of the income ladder are being devastated financially by this great suppression.
Virology is important, but so is psychology. Loneliness, addiction, suicide, already distressingly high are getting a big boost by lock-down mania. Mental health is part of public health too—and also deserves to be counted.
Follow the science should mean balancing the sciences—including the social sciences.
Reasonable precautions are one thing, broad bans against family gatherings aren’t planning, they’re pandemonium. Family is part of our social immune system.
We dare not sacrifice it in the name of merely physical health.Read More »