Four months ago, Ed Yong, a staff writer at The Atlantic, wrote a 5,453-word essay about the end of the pandemic.
While many of his medical, scientific, and economic perspectives likely need updating (such as the President’s then-popularity), there are two concepts that struck me.
First, he wrote about what we should expect.
“After 9/11, the world focused on counterterrorism. After COVID-19, attention may shift to public health. Expect to see a spike in funding for virology and vaccinology, a surge in students applying to public-health programs, and more domestic production of medical supplies. Expect pandemics to top the agenda at the United Nations General Assembly. Anthony Fauci is now a household name.”
Second, he wrote about what we should appreciate.
“People, businesses, and institutions have been remarkably quick to adopt or call for practices that they might once have dragged their heels on, including working from home, conference-calling to accommodate people with disabilities, proper sick leave, and flexible child-care arrangements.”
“Perhaps the nation will learn that preparedness isn’t just about masks, vaccines, and tests, but also about fair labor policies and a stable and equal health-care system. Perhaps it will appreciate that health-care workers and public-health specialists compose America’s social immune system, and that this system has been suppressed.”
The pandemic may not end for a while.
In the meantime, I hope that society can put aside its differences and work together to fix and improve socioeconomic policies and practices.