pessimal: /pes im l/, adj.[Latin-based antonym for optimal] Maximally bad. “This is a pessimal situation.” Also pessimize vt. To make as bad as possible. These words are the obvious Latin-based antonyms for optimal and optimize, but for some reason they do not appear in most English dictionaries, although ‘pessimize’ is listed in the OED.Aesop writes about how everything seems to be going wrong about the response to the Kung Flu:
Pandemic suppression may indeed fail.
Probably because too little, too late, and kabuki theater screening at airports, when we should have shunted everyone into mandatory quarantine for 30 days before entry was allowed, starting in early- or mid-January.
If only the CDC hadn’t pooch-screwed the test kits so hard that the dog will never walk right again.
You're going to need a bigger blog post to list everything that the Fed.Gov, State(s).Gov, and Local.Gov are doing wrong, not to mention the Solons who run the Hospitals (and who are threatening to fire nurses who wear masks).
I would add to his list:
- Failure to designate a single hospital in a city/region as the Kung Flu Medical Center, and isolating all patients (and a significant portion of the PPE) there. At the very least this will slow the spread of the virus among medical workers and protect capacity for non-virus emergency care.
- No centralized procurement of cloth masks (of course these are not as effective in preventing infection as disposable ones, but given the massive mask shortage a million cloth masks that can be washed in bleach daily isn't nothing. Probably more important for general population and first responders, but not nothing.
- No non-crappy models of Kung Flu disease spread. Granted, all computer models are always wrong to a greater or lesser extent, but what we have right now makes the climate models look like Nostradamus. Add in the terrible data being fed into the models and you are better off simply ignoring all model output.
- The entire western world is being driven into a depression. Millions are out of work, with more on the way.
- The pain is falling disproportionately on the working poor. Since a lot of these live in proximity to the Gimmedat community, their suffering will inflame anger in the group most likely to loot and riot. I think we're two weeks away from the first big one, probably less than that.
- The Fed.Gov is ramming through a $2T, 2000 page "bailout" law that is guaranteed to be larded with goodies for everyone other than the people who are most hurt by the shutdowns. If 50% of this money does anything other than line the pockets of well-connected special interests it will be a miracle. This by itself will do further damage to the economy, putting more people out of work or raising inflation (hurting the working poor). Or both at the same time.
Quite frankly, I can't imagine how things could be worse. Aesop's worst case scenario of a melt down in the medical community seems to be happening, and every government response I see looks like another toe gets shot off the Body Politick.
It may be that there just is no solution. I wish I could be more optimistic, but I don't see anyone doing anything remotely sensible.