...on this occasion.I suddenly get a nervous feeling the moment before I turn on the shower, but feel so much better when warm water comes out.
But enough of this levity already. To my mind, the shenanigans that we're living through are not designed to do anything to us this time around. As I've said elsewhere (repeatedly) the idea of a pandemic was being seriously discussed decades ago.
...and so on.
The EU got as far as trying to set up a test for such a few years ago (2017?) but simply couldn't get the various national governments to commit the necessary funds or effort for something that was probably not going to happen during their respective tenures.(oops!) The mortality rates for the posited future pandemics suggested in several of the earlier papers ranged from around 1% or less to 15%+ . Fortunately (or unfortunately) we are now living through that test and we are all guinness pigs to a degree during this mild pandemic with its mortality rate of below 2% - so all in all, a very easy and unspectacular kind of pandemic ; one or two of the papers I had occasion to read reckoned that a mortality rate of about 7% odd would lead to a breakdown in society. Even if earlier research assessments are news to the general public they certainly aren't to government and academia across the world. I wonder if public opinion would be as it is with a mortality rate of say 5%, which is still very much towards the bottom of the scale.
Enjoy your shower and don't drop the soap.