Quarantine, masks, & testing aren’t a sustainable solution because viruses are constantly evolving.
When covid-19 returns, or the next virus with a (debatably) high mortality rate, if we run and hide it only delays the fight. We have to face and fight with one of our greatest tools: our immune system.
The 1968 Hong Kong flu, which was more deadly (100k US deaths) than covid, elicited a response from our government that was essentially: "hey guys, be careful".
If we really insist on a massive government intervention for every new outbreak, there are other options besides quarantines and masks. Here are a few actions the government could take for the specific purpose of bolstering our immune systems during the next outbreak:
Subsidies for healthy habits:
Fruits and vegetables
Outdoor activity (visits to national parks)
Health club memberships & fitness classes
Mental health treatment, in-person or digital like AiME
Encourage reduction of unhealthy behaviors by increasing taxes on:
Tobacco products & alcohol
Fast food & junk food
A hard cap on work-hours per week for workers: 45
We can take steps to get our nation healthy enough to fight pandemics at the ground level without devastating our way of life.
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