I have another opinion piece in the Star Tribune today. The basic theme is what I have been saying forever, that we have to have a truly balanced approach to the epidemic and we have to give the public accurate information to support a rational public policy. (Strib Piece) Many thanks to the very kind Doug Tice and the Star Tribune editorial staff for the willingness to print my thoughts.
May seem like odd timing, given the apparent re-surgence of cases, but that is exactly why I think it is important to face facts. I strongly suspect that at least half of cases right now are in the vaxed. The Governor, and Presidementia Biden, clearly have no plan and really have never had a plan, that addresses the epidemic in a balanced, rational, totality of the public interest manner. First it was mask, double mask, mask when you sleep, mask with your family, mask, mask, mask, with no data or evidence to support the notion that this would slow community transmission. Now it is vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, and it should be apparent that the virus will not be suppressed and we simply have to accept it as one of the many pathogens we are faced with on a daily basis and do what we can to ameliorate morbidity and mortality without continuing to do immense damage to the more general public health.
True leadership right now would be to boldly tell the public that the vaccines can help most people avoid serious illness, that they won’t do much for the frail elderly, that thank God CV-19 isn’t much of a threat to children so we don’t need to force them to be vaccinated, that CV-19 is largely substitutive for influenza, and we simply can’t go on doing the kind of damage to our society that current and past suppression attempts have done. Don’t hold your breath waiting for that kind of leadership, unless you live in Florida.
Meanwhile, we are having an impact. The wonderful work Dave Dixon has done with data is paying off. He has succeeded in getting more detailed information on breakthrough cases out of the state and is busy analyzing it and we will bring you details as soon as possible.