• Three Great Pieces of COVID News … So Why Aren’t We All Talking About It?

    Surge Summary: Some genuinely good news is emerging about the coronavirus crisis. So why isn’t EVERYONE talking about it?  Are Americans really going to allow politics and ideological tribalism to interfere with spreading positive and encouraging information? Are we really “all in this together” … or not?

    by Peter Heck

    It would be nice if we were all in this COVID thing together. I keep hearing a lot of people say that, but surely they don’t actually believe it. They can’t actually believe it. We’ve politicized schools. We’ve politicized mask-wearing. We’ve politicized church attendance. We’ve politicized college football. We’ve politicized malaria drugs. We’ve politicized data. We’ve politicized everything from the start.

    I know it’s an election year but I don’t think it would matter. It’s where we are now; it’s who we are now. The media may not be the cause of it, but they sure do seem to love exacerbating it.

    Here’s a perfect example. In recent days, three spectacularly encouraging developments have occurred in our fight against this novel coronavirus. First, the case surge in the sunbelt has apparently peaked and begun its descent. Reasonably we can conclude that Florida, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, and other southern states have seen the worst of it. And even as cases skyrocketed, we now know that the death rate did not track up significantly with it. That’s great news!

    Again, I’m not saying that’s great news if you’re a supporter of the Republican governors in those states. I’m saying it’s great news because we’re obviously fighting and beating this virus far better than we were five months ago. Humanity is beating it. That’s all of us, Republican and Democrat. Maybe this is a mutated or slightly different virus than it was five months ago, maybe we’ve figured out better treatments, maybe we know how to isolate and protect the truly vulnerable people – whatever it is, this is great news that we’re seeing in the south.

    Secondly, scientists and researchers are reporting that “T-cell memory” is a real thing. I don’t fully understand the whole concept but here’s the gist: a massive portion of our population can effectively fight off even the most severe cases of COVID. Again, that’s excellent news worth celebrating. If your concerns are actually about the well-being of your fellow citizens, this is news to praise God for. Additionally, doctors have discovered that plasma from recovered coronavirus patients transfused into ailing coronavirus patients is reducing the death rate up to 50%. Amazingly good news.

    Thirdly, studies of lockdowns and their effectiveness here and around the world are in, and they are showing that lockdowns don’t really work. The virus is going to do what the virus is going to do, whether we shelter in place, re-open the economy, go to school, play sports, or not. Now obviously, mitigating strategies are still very wise as they prevent epidemic spread that spikes hospitalization rates – something we need to be very careful to avoid. But the truth coming out of Europe and our own experiment here in America with lockdown vs. non-lockdown states is teaching us one clear lesson: we don’t need to lockdown our economy again.

    That isn’t cause for “I told you so” choruses to rain down from those who didn’t have any idea at the time they made that prediction. None of us knew, and we did the best we could. But we do know now, and that’s what should matter. And it’s also very good news for all of us. Economic shutdowns are deadly, as we’re now experiencing. But knowing that we don’t need to consider doing it again is a huge blessing.

    These three pieces of great news need to be told and re-told by the media. They need to be trumpeted in social media, lead every newscast, and headline every paper. Not because it’s good for Donald Trump or his Democrat opponents. Because it’s true and it’s really good news for us.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    This column originally posted at The Resurgent.  

    Image: Modified from: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/; https://www.flickr.com/photos/91261194@N06/49754001441

    Peter Heck is a teacher, preacher, speaker, author, and servant of Jesus living in Kokomo, Indiana with his wife and three children.

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