Why We Need To Know More

In dealing with a pandemic, information is important. We are dealing with a virus we do not know much about and we have a government whose modus operandi is secrecy. Secrecy has its time and place, but not now. So far, our epidemiologists are nowhere to be found. There are no models informing us on possible policy action. We are simply flying blind. We do not know the share of the population that will eventually “catch” the virus, if we have case clusters, and what should be the best approach? Is it doing nothing and waiting for herd immunity, or mitigation a.k.a flattening the curve? Or do we adopt suppression - cutting exponential growth and fatality rate?

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