The always interesting George Gilder pens a book review.
After marshalling the facts from his source, he says, “So let’s stop pretending that our policies have been rational and need to be phased out, as if they once had a purpose. They should have been reversed summarily in March and acknowledged to be a mistake, perpetrated by statisticians with erroneous computer models. Instead we were subject to six months of hell…”
I pick the quote because, as it happens, “two weeks to slow the spread” — the initial policy the Trump administration pursued in response to Covid-19 — ended at the end of March. Up to that point at least, the administration was adhering to “the science” scrupulously.
Of course the Covid panic remained so strong that the administration extended “two weeks to slow the spread” to a month and a half, reverting to public relations when “the science” had finished accomplishing all it was capable of as far as transmission was concerned.
It is going a bit overboard to suggest federal policy “should have been reversed summarily in March.” The administration tried, but the public was too scared. In retrospect, the extension was a shrewd move. The trajectory of viral spread could not have been changed at that point anyway.