Let’s begin with the requisite acknowledgments…
The pandemic is real. This is a serious illness with which huge numbers of people have suffered, and substantial numbers have died.
The virus is highly contagious. Members of my own family have caught it. I could catch it myself.
I could die with it.
Granted, these things might be said of other large-scale disease outbreaks. Nevertheless, the pandemic is not an illusion or a product of mass hysteria. It’s a genuine global emergency.
Okay. All true.
Still, the question must be asked: Why has this illness been treated differently from other public health crises? And why the continuing panic?