Anxiety | Learning from our mistakes with Covid

To the editor:

Re “Kovid-19 pandemic shouldn’t be like this” (column, March 12):

Zeynep Tufekchi shows how easy it is to understand the epidemic behind the past. He urges the public health community not to recognize that Covid-19 was previously prevalent by asymptomatic people, but not to mention that the acute shortage of test kits in the first months of the epidemic in the U.S. meant that testing for symptomatic people the hospital needs. This clearly delayed the recognition of asymptomatic transmission.

It also forces us to be more like Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, but there are some important differences between these communities and us. First, wearing a mask is commonly practiced by many people in those countries to prevent the spread of the disease, even when there is a pandemic. Second, those communities value individual responsibility for others.

There is no doubt that the United States needs to be better prepared for the next pandemic, and lessons can be learned from this. However, reprimanding “high-ranking health officials, high-level scientists and state governors” for the mistakes they allegedly made while trying hard to limit the spread of the virus in difficult circumstances does not show a way to improve.

The United States must recognize the importance of health to our national well-being and prioritize funding to develop (and then maintain) a reliable public health infrastructure. In addition, this infrastructure needs to develop strategies that are appropriate to the nature of our society and possibly different from the strategies of the Pacific countries.

C. Robert Horsburg Jr.
Boston
The writer is an infectious disease physician and former health worker.

To the editor:

Zeynep Tufekchi details the many errors that if they had been prevented, they could have significantly reduced the losses the virus has received so far. It seems that we are now at another point where the future is recognized as one of the main mistakes: the government at all levels not only needs masking, but even more importantly, the requirements of the vaccine that they exist had, eliminates.

Ellen Skeletons
Woodbridge, Conn.

To the editor:

Zeynep Tufekchi’s excellent column explains in detail what could and should be done to limit the spread of coronavirus. However, the cause of the pandemic goes one step further: Scientists have long warned that if wildlife markets, such as the one in Wuhan, China continue to operate, it will only be a matter of time before the virus appears between species. jump towards the people. That time came in December 2019.

Craig Stefan
Anne Arbor, Mitch.

To the editor:

“In some countries, it’s easy to focus on political leaders like President Donald Trump who have hurt the US response,” Tufekchi wrote. But high-ranking health officials, top scientists, and state governors have made many mistakes in this regard. ”

But we have to admit that it was Mr. Trump’s voice that argued every day against the spread and danger of the virus that the Americans always heard and kept them from taking the necessary steps to arm themselves against the spread of the virus and it definitely played. a part of scientific and state errors.

It was his voice, his ignorance, and his conspiracy theories that were the root cause of the inability of millions of ordinary citizens and the scientific and governmental communities to do the right thing and to recognize and fight the harsh cold truth.

Sherry Robbins
New York

To the editor:

Zeynep Tufekchi suggests better ways to prepare for Kovid’s departure, which could happen in the future. One of his recommendations is to move activities outdoors, to places like parks, as the virus spreads more quickly in the open air. I hope that the education staff will support teachers who want to study abroad.

Even if no severe outbreaks occur, many children benefit from going outside and observing nature. Nature encourages the power of their patient observation, inspires creative activity, such as poetry and painting, and gives inner peace.

Even in the backyards of city schools, children can observe birds, insects, clouds and other aspects of nature, making learning fun.

William Crane
New York
The writer is an honorary professor of psychology at City College, CUNY.

To the editor:

“Evidence is growing that Trump tweeted on December 19th, paving the way for January 6.” (front page, March 30) In an unnamed message, Donald Trump said he “can’t openly say you rebel. This is the closest thing.” something he always gets. “

Even more damn than him “stay there, it will be wild!” the message is what Mr. Trump did no to say. When the virtual space is lit up with talk about an armed uprising, he apparently never made a statement backwards that would slow down this violent conversation, which even involves specific planning.

To the editor:

The country, in cooperation with more and more European countries, must immediately launch a major humanitarian operation in Ukrainian cities that are under brutal Russian attack.

We need to spread it in all media. Let the world know that we are providing food and medical supplies to the peaceful people of Russia. It should be noted that any attack on this resolute humanitarian endeavor is considered the gravest crime. Put Vladimir Putin in defense.

The air raids, like the Berlin air strikes, not only provide vital assistance to civilians in danger, but also show a dangerously misguided dictator that the free world still has a backbone.

Charles Levy
Auckland, California

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