“In the United States, it was first detected in Chicago, and 47 days later, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. By then it was too late: 110 million Americans were expected to become ill, leading to 7.7 million hospitalized and 586,000 dead.”
The effect of masses of gainfully employed people being forced from their homes due to a global, viral, pandemic would be something unknown and so destabilizing that its effects – long term and short term – are simply immeasurable.
UPDATE: new CDC blackouts in testing numbers and abrupt press briefing “postponement”
Kate Greenaway illustrated Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, and her “Ring Around the Rosie” – and my mother’s creepy, captivating, great-storyteller tale of what lay behind it – made me permanently hooked on plagues. Plus, I have a very weird but very real feel for pathogens. Always have.