What do you do when the coronavirus pretty much plays out as the medical people in the United States said it would?
Go back to the words of our very best epidemiologist, Dr. Tony Fauci. He said it would continue to spread in China. He said that it will go through the underdeveloped world rapidly because those countries do not have a comprehensive public health system.
And the U.S.? It will spread, hopefully more slowly where we hope to nurse people back to health.
All of this is now happening. None of it is bullish. None of it is unexpected though which is why we keep thinking it has to have an end game even as Fauci is not saying that it has to end in April.
The consequences of not listening to Fauci? Indolence, laziness, lack of rigor and, ultimately, a gobsmacking upside the head.
Plus, so may people are afraid to reveal bad things about the virus - especially the Chinese - that we can't get our arms about the implications of it all. Let me give you a classic example.
You may not know the work of Rosemary Gibson form the Hastings Institute. I looked into her work because she started tweeting me. She is the author of China Rx: Exposing the Risk of America's Dependence of China for Medication.
This prescient text, written in 2018 tells about how not only are a huge number of medicines we use for all sorts of illnesses from China, but when drugs are made elsewhere the chemicals can be sourced from China for the ingredients and that is often the case.
So what happens? Prices go up. To the point where they hit the radar screens of the politicians.
Who is thinking about this? Who is ready for it?
But if you listened to Fauci from the very beginning you would have to be thinking about it if you are one of the big drug distributors. No matter, the shortage will be front and center in two weeks.
I mention this because we have to believe that every day there will be new revelations that should have been anticipated because nations are totally intertwined. Did you ever think that 80% of our drugs originated in China? Did you ever think that could be allowed? That our government let that happen?
No one seemed to think about it until now.
Use this as an example of what's going to occur. What I write here will be part of the discourse next week at this time. It will be manifested when you go to the drug store and ask for your drugs and they will not be given to you.
People will be outraged. They will blame the Chinese. But I blame the U.S. How in heck could we have let that happen?
The answer, again, like the coronavirus, is we knew. But we never thought that China would, at one point, be an unreliable trading partner.
That was wrong.
And it will only get worse as we find more and more how we are dependent on the Chinese right down to how they control the illness, or, how they don't.