The writer’s answer is bit too contrarian in my view: “Because the measures the so-called experts keep blathering about, wearing face masks and social distancing, are next to useless.”
I would put it differently: Viruses are exquisitely designed to evade containment. That is their nature, and nothing will change it.
As a result, we need to be careful in our assumptions when thinking about Covid-19. For example, suppose a Covid outbreak occurs that affects more Democrats than Republicans. Would that mean Democrats are dirty scoundrels who didn’t take known hygiene and prophylactic measures seriously?
Nope. It would take an elaborate scientific analysis, followed by publication and peer review, to reach even a hypothetical explanation of the cause of the disparate impact. And even then the final hypothesis of causation would remain dubious because the correlation between Democrats, poor prophylaxis and disease incidence could be a purely random event.
Here’s a question worth pondering: If Joe Blow doesn’t wear a face mask, how many people who come in contact with him will develop Covid-19?