Saturday, April 25, 2020

What to Do Now?

What to do? What policies should we implement, to control the virus while not destroying the economy. The Hoover Institution's Scott Atlas offers some recommendations, based, he asserts on better data. (via Maggie’s Farm) He is especially concerned that we are relying too much on computer models and not enough on evidence.

So, for the record:

The appropriate policy, based on fundamental biology and the evidence already in hand, is to institute a more focused strategy like some outlined in the first place: Strictly protect the known vulnerable, self-isolate the mildly sick and open most workplaces and small businesses with some prudent large-group precautions. This would allow the essential socializing to generate immunity among those with minimal risk of serious consequence, while saving lives, preventing overcrowding of hospitals and limiting the enormous harms compounded by continued total isolation. Let’s stop underemphasizing empirical evidence while instead doubling down on hypothetical models. Facts matter.

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