- 8 months ago
In the beginning of all of this the WHO’s advice and guidance was lamentable. It was awful. It was wrong. It was handled so very poorly and the entire attitude in the very beginning was appalling.
That said, had they just come right out and said “lock everything down NOW” without the pandemic actually gaining ground and citizens of the world actually understanding the severity of it, the amount of civil unrest would be exponentially more intense than it is now. ESPECIALLY in an armed country like the US.
It took over 2 MONTHS for people to grasp what was ACTUALLY happening and the speed of which it was happening, does anyone actually think all these people would have willingly let everything shut down for “just the flu,” as was so widely touted everywhere. There are compilations of news broadcasts as recently as first week of March downplaying the virus and the consequences of it – both physical and economical.
Sure, the powers that be sucked at getting the severity of the situation understood, but citizens didn’t want to understand either. The data and the info has been out there since Jan, people just didn’t bother looking for it.
Now everyone has changed their tune and it’s all “stay home, save lives,” which is ABSOLUTELY the right thing to do, but the people shouting that the loudest are also the ones that were shouting “it’s just the flu” just as loud.
…can lead a horse to water…
Mike Ryan of the WHO said that the biggest problem in society was the fear to make a mistake, which is exactly the mindset the WHO was operating under originally. Had they taken everything more seriously in Feb, perhaps the governments would have too – but no one wanted to catastrophically alter life-as-we-know-it without solid proof of the pandemic – unfortunately the price for that was 82k lives and counting.