- AMERICAN THINKER - Dec 16, 2020 -
The New York Times, in a recent cultural exposition on the lingering social effects of the evolving COVID-19 response, quotes several epidemiologists. The sources also offer their prognostications.
The fully unsurprising consensus among the managerial class? "Normalcy" (i.e., life before the pandemic) will never be revived. The measures instituted in March massively restricting freedom of movement (and virtually every other civil liberty) are here to stay.
In the New York Times piece, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health associate Amy Hobbs declares that "wearing a mask will become part of my daily life, moving forward, even after a vaccine is deployed."
To that end, the survey administered to the 700 epidemiologists interviewed found that 12% of respondents said they had either eaten at an indoor restaurant within the last month or would have if they had needed to. Eleven percent rode public transportation or would have. Ten percent would have visited an elderly relative.
What kind of a life is this?
To pacify a U.S. public they knew would object to being locked out of social life forever, politicians and policymakers paired the early economic shutdowns with assurances that they would be temporary. After a vaccine has been developed, they promised, life will go back to the way it was before.
In March, the de facto COVID authority figure (who has transformed into something of a public health demigod, dispensing his wisdom to the peasants from on high) assured an anxious public that he and his colleagues had no intention of extending the lockdowns beyond emergency measures in the immediate future. "I don't want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go," Anthony Fauci told CNBC in a May interview.
That commitment to ending the lockdowns as soon as feasibly possible was offered seven months ago. The most dense population centers remain largely locked down to this day with no end in sight.