nate33 wrote:Basically, the only mitigation measure that seems to help is closed borders and isolation. Places like New Zealand that closed their borders before the infection became widespread have managed to shut it out completely. Every other western nation has had no success. Countries that were successful early, like those in Eastern Europe, merely had a surge later on. Virus gonna virus.
Germany did great with lockdown and contact tracing, then as with much of Europe they opened up to 'lockdown lite' and saw a surge.
Ok, I read the article by libertarian 'independent journalist' Jeremy Hammond. And it does not contradict the January 7th scientific study I cite, but underscores what I said. Here the author nitpicks between whether PRE-symptomatic and A-symptomatic carriers are in fact driving the infection. It is a distinction without a difference. In both cases the carrier likely has no idea that they are spreading the infection. The studies do show that both can spread the infection. They are mobile, interacting with folks, and active during that time. The study I cited (again as of less than a week ago) suggests whether or not they develop symptoms later, people who have it and do not have symptoms can be infectious, to a rate of 60%. That's not zero.
None of that backs up your assertion that 'most of what we have been told is a lie'. Fair to back off to a position that says
I'll wait until experts more knowledgeable than me critique it
But when it comes to a disease that has killed over 380K Americans, to err on the side of caution is only sensible. Put it this way: our population is 328 million. Over one in every thousand Americans has now died from COVID in the past year.
Or more locally: Would you attend a Wizards home game (20,000 fans) knowing that on your way out the door a death squad would randomly pick 20 people to execute?