In his editorial New Rule, Bill argues that people should fight the coronavirus by strengthening their immune systems, rather than by sanitizing the universe.
Bill Maher has enough of the germaphobe approach to the current pandemic. He doesn’t believe that hiding from the virus will do us any good. Maher wants us to take it on and let our immune system deal with it.
So this weekend, do something nice for your immune system. Go outside that mysterious land beyond your curtains where the GrubHub drivers live and get some fresh air and vitamin D. [B]reak a sweat doing something besides eating hot chicken because at the end of the day you can’t keep all the pathogens out.
Maher has a point. Over 98 percent of coronavirus cases recover (somewhere between 25 and 50 percent cases are asymptomatic). That means that our immune system does quite a good job of defending us from it.
Published by Real Time with Bill Maher on May 01, 2020
So, what should we do?
- We can barricade ourselves in deep basements, turn the lights off, and wait for the virus to go away — destroying our economy in the process.
- We could let nature run its course and aim for herd immunity.
- We could try the Swedish approach, which is something in the between. Swedes let life go on, but make sure that the most vulnerable segments of the population are protected.
I like what Swedes are doing. Their mortality rate is higher than the US (as of May 3rd Sweden-265/M US-207/M) but lower than that of many other European countries that are on full lock-down.
- Belgium – 677
- Spain – 540
- Italy – 478
- The UK – 419
- France – 381
- The Netherlands – 295
It is impossible to tell if going for herd immunity would work well in America. However, I still think we should put a little more faith into the ability of the human immune system and let healthy (under 50 years old) people back to work.
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