Ethics & Religion
A Column by Michael J. McManus
 

Home
Page

For Current Column
See the Home Page

 

About the
Columnist

 

Search this
Site...

 

Column Archives
List of all columns 
2020

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012

2011

2010

2009
2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

For 2003 and earlier
only the title is listed.
Use the Search Function
to find the article.

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

 

About The
Columnist

 

Email
Comments
to Mike

Ethics & Religion
Column #2,046
October 29, 2020
How To Defeat Covid - 19
By Mike McManus

America has been defeated by the covid-19 virus that has killed more than a quarter million Americans.

By contrast, Taiwan, which is near China where the virus originated - has had only seven deaths. It is a country with 24 million people, and 3 million visitors from China where the virus originated. By contrast, New York State, with a smaller population, has had 33,000 deaths!

Taiwan learned from its experience with the SARS pandemic. That was in 2003 when Taiwan learned important lessons. SARS is a respiratory virus, but less deadly than covid-19. It also originated in China, which bungled its initial response and withheld information from Taiwan.

The Taiwanese learned an important lesson - the need to be prepared for a pandemic.

Many Asian countries have learned a similar lesson - Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. All were hit by SARS and learned the same lesson as Taiwan. Even China learned much from the SARS epidemic. Beijing has managed to crush covid -19 so completely that the disease has virtually disappeared.

Why has America - and Europe - handled the covid - 19 crisis so badly? These countries think of themselves as exceptional. The United States, Britain, Brazil and Chile all have a strong sense of pride. America is notorious for this attitude, but so is Britain which wants to leave the European Union.

Arrogance is not an asset in facing a scientific challenge. That sense of being special makes it unlikely to adopt the standard attitude of any business When confronting a challenge - to look for best practices. America should learn from Bill Gates, who wrote recently that he approached problem-solving with two basic questions: "Who has dealt with the problem well? And what can we learn from them>"

Clearly, the U.S. needs to learn from Taiwan. America has been remarkably uninterested in what is working elsewhere. President Trump was told in February that covid-19 was a dangerous killer. But he decided "not to alarm" Americans about the danger. In fact, he said the crisis would blow over.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's leading scientist, we could have saved at least 100,000 of the lives lost - by simply urging Americans to wear a mask. Trump has still not learned the lesson. Trump says America "Is rounding the corner" on the crisis and "normal life" will return soon. Not if he is re-elected.

North Dakota tells a different story. It has the highest covid death rate per capita in the world. It also has the lowest mask-wearing rate. The lesson: No masks equals Higher Deaths.

Why can't this simple lesson be learned? That's why 226,000 Americans have died.

If America chooses Biden for President, it will be making a choice for masks. And the death rate will drop.

Some cities such as Palm Beach, Florida have passed a mandate to wear masks. It was a hard-fought battle, and made Palm Beach a laughingstock after a public meeting where opponents of mask-wearing called the mandate "The devil's law."

In August, when Ocala was considering a similar mandate, the local Sheriff, Billy Woods, issued an order banning masks - even for visitors. He said, "In light of current events when it comes to the sentiment and/or hatred toward law enforcement in our country today, this is being done to be sure there is clear communication and for identification purposes of any individual walking into a lobby." Later he altered his rule, allowing visitors to wear masks.

One sage observer asserted, "I just wish that people would recognize that the virus does not care how you vote. The virus only cares if you can transmit it."

Unfortunately, the United States is remarkable uninterested in how other countries are approaching the issue. No smug air of superiority. There are 1,000 covid cases in El Paso hospitals. And things are getting worse in 41 of 50 states. Cases are doubling in cities where people do not wear masks.

Not only do we not bother to learn from countries like Taiwan, we have a President who says "People are too focused on covid."

Only for a few more days.

_________________________

Copyright (c) 2020 Michael J. McManus, President of Marriage Savers and a syndicated columnist. To read past columns, go to www.ethicsandreligion.commm. Hit Search for any topic.

 

  Since 1981...
2000+ Columns
  LATEST ARTICLE
  November 24, 2020: Column 2050: Thankful for Thanksgiving
  Recent Columns
  How to Cut the Divorce Rate in Half
  Divorce Rate Is Falling
  Latinos Deserve More Help
  How To Defeat Covid - 19
  How To Save Marriages
  55 Years of Marriage
  How To Cut America's Divorce Rate
  Suicide Rate Rising
  Overcoming Porn Addiction
  The Devastation of Pornography
  Marriages Are Falling - But Improving
  Divorce Rates Are Falling
  Cohabitation: the Enemy of Marriage
  How To Reduce Suicide
  How To Stop Drug Addiction
  Cut Federal Funds for Planned Parenthood
  The Horror of Soaring Suicides
  Make Adoption More Appealing
  The Addictive Nature of Pornography
  Abortion Becoming Illegal
  Protecting Girls from Suicide
  The Worst Valentine: Cohabitation
  Pornography: A Public Health Hazard
  Sextortion Kills Teens
  Cohabitation: A Risky Business
  Recent Searches
  gun control, euthanasia, cohabitation, sexting, sextortion, alcoholism, prayer, guns, same sex marriage, abortion, depression, islam, divorce, polygamy, religious liberty, health care, pornography, teen sex, abortion and infanticide, Roe+v+Wade, supreme court, marriage, movies, violence, celibacy, living+together, cohabitation, ethics+and+religion, pornography, adultery, divorce, saving+marriages
©2020 Michael J. McManus syndicated columnist  / mike@marriagesavers.org
Ethics & Religion at http://www.ethicsandreligion.com
82 Tuckaway Lane, Kilmarnock, VA 22482 / 804-435-5192
President & Co-Chair Marriage Savers / www.marriagesavers.org
Site Sponsored by enktesis.com