It's getting better, but it will never be the same. To see makeshift hospitals in Central Park is like seeing a hospital sprawled out in Gone with the Wind after the Battle of Atlanta. To see a hospital ship come to New York and to cheer is like a city under siege where you know the people who ride the subway without masks will be there tomorrow. You know that things were done so very wrong is like mistaking Japanese aircraft carriers for what they were on December 6th 1941.
Yes, it is that bad.
It will never be the same because a battlefield isn't meant for commerce. No one's getting combat pay. People are just trying to stay alive, defeated mostly by a disbelief that the enemy could be so virulent.
The remaining healthy are now waging a guerilla war against each other: Who's on Covid's side, who isn't. Do we have an appointment in Samarra, or is it luck, or chance, or recklessness or obtuse behavior?
Until Monday. Monday, we learned that we have a test that can detect fellow travelers, the fifth column of Covid-19, and detect in five minutes. Sure, it is only 50,000 a day to start, but this is Abbott Labs (ABT) we are talking about, Abbott Labs is our viral tank against Covid, because if the people learn they have it, they will have to self-quarantine. Once again, our free society keeps those people from doing what's wrong if they want to, but it's a start. No more amorphous two million tests per week at Walmart (WMT) or Walgreen's (WBA) lots. Those Potemkin villages could be history.
No, we don't have the gowns and the masks needed to stop it from spreading in hospitals. We don't want to say it, but long ago we outsourced our weapon production overseas, especially to China, and now a proud president needs to make the call to get a billion masks and gowns so the soldiers in this war can be protected.
Who cares that we are dealing with a modern day Stalin? General Marshall, the man who ran the war, supplied tanks and jeeps to the Russians, but wanted them to do the bulk of the killing, which they did as the war was won in the Eastern front.
We need to do the same. The Russians lost 28 million people fighting the Nazis. We came out the sole major power.
Now behind the scenes, we are working around the President to get the goods from China. By even writing this, I have to deal with the hecklers who say China should be crushed. You know what I say to them? I wanted them crushed 10 times over, but American industry wanted things cheaply made and there was nothing considered non-essential until this war.
We need the Chinese. The have the PPE (personal protective equipment).
So we have the test. We are working on the vaccine. We are working on the malaria drug with the ZPAC. I know people want to believe that an abstruse French study is all that matters. But at least let Fauci decide if and when it works. If you think Fauci is withholding after his battle against AIDS, you are obtuse, you are the Shawshank warden.
Accept what yesterday was, a small victory against an enemy that has been winning.
Be grateful and hope for more wins ahead. We need them.