By now, you're no doubt aware that Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh has decided that, despite the fact the 'Rona curve has been going down for the better part of a month, area hospitals are nowhere near close to that "overwhelmed" state we were warned about, with doctors walking through the hallways triaging which patients will live and which will die, Boston is staying in total lockdown because ... we don't have enough people testing positive. For reals.
And you should also by now know about Frank Mendoza. North End resident, restaurant owner, retweeted by the POTUS, face of the growing resistance movement and Katniss Everdeen to Marty Walsh's President Snow.
What you may not know is what a laughingstock Mayor McCheese is for this policy among people who actually know something about public policy in a health crisis.
Source - When antibody tests showed less than 10 percent of the city’s population had been exposed to the virus, the Boston Democrat decided to pull back on plans to loosen restrictions, because “the majority of our population still have not been exposed to the virus. This underscores what we already know, that we have to move cautiously and stay focused on what got us this far,” Walsh said.
In other words, the lockdown has left the population so vulnerable to the virus that it’s impossible to lift the lockdown — thereby ensuring the population remains vulnerable for the foreseeable future.
“There have been many dumb policy decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this is one of the dumbest,” health policy expert Avik Roy told InsideSources regarding the Boston mayor’s comments. Roy, president of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, believes it’s past time for advocates of widespread lockdowns to re-think their strategy. …
“I think we’re suffering from collectively muddled thinking and, and mission creep as suppression has given way to mitigation,” says Dr. George Savage, Chief Medical Officer / Co-Founder at Proteus Digital Health, Inc. “We all remember the famous graph that was shown everywhere, with the hospital capacity and rate of hospitalizations and everyone agreed: Gosh, we don’t want that to happen. And suppression succeeded, we clearly flattened the curve.
“But with the virus still here and no chance of eradicating it in the near term, it’s time to move beyond [widespread lockdowns.]" …
Jared Rhoads, of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, says a suppression strategy makes sense “if you have a high degree of confidence that a silver bullet, like a vaccine, is around the corner — or that you can extinguish it because you know where all the cases are. But otherwise, it is just an extremely long and drawn-out approach.”
But hey, what do educated professionals who've spent their adult lives studying this very topic know? You think they're smart enough to get elected Mayor of Boston? How may precincts did they win and how many ward bosses can they get city jobs for, I ask you? None. That's how many. The city might not be able to keep the parking spots plowed out after a couple of storms or make the trains run, but that doesn't mean they're not smarter than a few PhDs. Remember: Always follow the science. At least until the science gets in the way of your ability to control everyone's lives. Then?
Give the Mayor credit though. He's constructed the perfect conundrum. A rhetorical puzzle box that is impossible to unlock. We can't open up the city because people will get sick. And we can't unlock the city because not enough people are sick. It's a riddle that has no solution. And it's ingenious.
It's been almost 60 years since Joseph Heller wrote "Catch-22," and if he were alive today, he would marvel at how his vision became real.
“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.
"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.
"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.”
And the city of Boston's Catch-22 is even better. We might not have seen a playoff win since this time last year. We might have lost the greatest athlete in the region's history. Our baseball team is in disgrace and lost its best player in a generation. And we don't know when we'll see the NBA or NHL again. But we still lead the nation when it comes to bad governance.
There's one other thing Heller said that's also just as true as it was in 1961. “Insanity is contagious.”