“A mythologizing mood is also why new variants, including the scary-sounding “double mutant,” feature so prominently in Western accounts. Viruses mutate, yes—some 300,000 distinct Covid-causing strains are estimated to exist. The flu also mutates…
…Focusing on mutations apparently is less unsettling than acknowledging a truth: For billions of humans, Covid is less dangerous than the actions we urge on them to stop its spread, many of which aren’t realistically sustainable for the periods they would need to be sustained…
by the people who would need to sustain them.” Also another good quote from the article: “This is not true of a de­mo­graphic phe­nomenon like In­dia, which quickly learned that a three-week shut­down posed more of a threat to many cit­i­zens’ per­sonal sur­vival than Covid did.”
A short thread of stellar quotes from this excellent article by @HolmanJenkins: wsj.com/articles/what-…

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