Pandemic Lessons Should Focus on Progress, Not Punishment

February 23, 2021

When someone finally writes the comprehensive story of the pandemic, it probably will read much like a disaster story: first, the tale of a hidden threat revealing itself, then the mad scramble to understand and respond to that threat, and then ultimate victory over that threat after great sacrifice.

Like any such story, there will be examples of profound heroism, as well as examples of venality, ignorance and neglect.

One big difference between the Covid-19 story and other disaster stories will be the length of the disaster, and of course the sheer magnitude of the human cost. But otherwise, the story will look familiar, and in some ways has already been written.

The one piece that remains unknown at this time is the epilogue.

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