Lessons we must learn from COVID-19
We're seeing now what efforts against COVID-19 were supposed to produce: a flattening of the growth curve of new fatalities. The growth rate of fatalities is dropping.
We entered the dark tunnel, and now we are on the way out. Rays of light are shining in.
We will survive. But will we learn?
It appears that the initial estimates of the scope of the threat were off by some orders of magnitude. But we started with zero knowledge.
Mistakes are part of living. The problem is when we don't learn.
The country already had huge, pressing problems before COVID-19. The experience with this crisis can and must provide invaluable lessons for coming out a stronger and better nation.
This experience should make it clear that politicians should not be micromanaging our lives.
Can anyone be surprised that when the government dispenses a few trillion dollars in the course of a few weeks, targeting these funds efficiently -- the aid being structured properly and funds getting where they need to go -- is impossible?
Funds from the aid bills winding up in the hands of big corporations, professional sports teams and rich Ivy League universities while many small businesses that can't meet payroll are being shut out should come as no surprise.
That's not to say we should not shine light where errors have been made, fix those errors and try to get the funds where they are most needed. But we must stay aware about the fact that government aid is by nature grossly inefficient and we shouldn't be doing it unless there is absolutely no choice.