[Ed. – They originally wanted herd immunity, realizing lockdowns would incur the disasters we’re seeing.]
It’s time to confront an awful possibility about the lockdowns in which many of the world’s economies now find themselves: The experts might have been right the first time.
“The first time” was not so long ago — February to mid-March — when official opinion on how best to grapple with the new coronavirus pandemic was very different. The distinguishing characteristic was modesty.
The stated goal was not to vanquish the virus but merely to try to control its spread so as not to overwhelm health-care systems. Officials also understood public patience with draconian measures would wear thin quickly and demanded politicians exercise caution when asking the public to take on burdens.
Those opinions now are widely derided, often in insulting terms. Yet subsequent events suggest they’re mainly correct. Let’s take each in turn.