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Cause and effect… January 14, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Intriguing piece here from the Guardian discussing Yale professor and social epidemiologist Dr Nicholas Christakis’s new book where he examines in a new book the impact of the virus. He suggests that in the wake of the virus we may see an age of increased social interactions, perhaps akin to that seen after the 1918 flu pandemic.

Perhaps so. Of course the situation is slightly different now with much more pervasive and intrusive social technologies, but I guess it is entirely possible that matters will ‘snap back’ as it were to something akin to the status quo ante.
He points to the necessity to vaccinate some 75% of the population in order to ‘bring the virus to heel’. Let us hope that that situation is arrived at. But he also has some excellent points about another aspect of the pandemic:

As well, economies of ancient civilizations collapsed in times of disease. “Many people seem to think it’s the actions of our government that are causing the economy to slow – that’s false,” he said. “It’s the virus that’s causing the economy to slow, because economies collapsed even in ancient times when plagues happened, even when there was no government saying close the schools and close the restaurants.”

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