Denial this was bad. Denial it has killed significant number of people. Denial it might come back even stronger.
Most of all, denial that social distancing actions had a big impact.1/
I have thick skin & I’m also fair game. This won’t be about defending myself. 3/
The crux of their point is that the 4 of us warned that things with COVID-19 would be worse than they are. 4/
It’s only a shame we didn’t do it 2 weeks earlier. Thank God we didn’t do it 2 weeks later. 9/
Apportioning blame to the virus isn’t as interesting as dreaming up plots.
They did list some assumptions that others made that could end up being wrong. 12/
IHME initially predicted 60,000 deaths by August. Sadly they were wrong too. 14/
Views on masks have changed.
There are more things we believe today that are undoubtedly going to be wrong. 16/
A 50 year old has a 5% chance of being hospitalized if they have COVID. That’s not the flu which most 50 year olds don’t even report. 17/
The COVID hospitals in Minnesota are completely full. Without social distancing they would have been overrun. 19/
Do people in South Korea or New Zealand who dodged the bullet almost entirely for now say to each other “what Coronavirus?”
No and most people here don’t either. 21/
No one he criticized has spoken to death rates with as much certainty as the host did. 23/
We have the same choices today we had then. As we learn more some will be good and some will be bad. But all of it is manageable. Unless we spin it. 29/
But our death rates— whatever they have been— can improve. Here’s why... 30/
-We can develop therapies that work
-We can protect nursing homes better
-We can contain the virus with masks
-When hot spots emerge we can respond & minimize the impact 31/
Blaming & dividing have become national pastimes. What else is new really. But getting our lives back will mean facing, not running from the virus. 32/