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Allergic reaction: The Chinese Coronavirus Cytokine Storm Is a Metaphor for How a Society, Fearing the Unknown, Can Destroy Itself

05/17/2020

https://pjmedia.com/columns/richard-fernandez/2020/05/17/allergic-reaction-n397777

It was the crash heard round the world. After it was discovered how amateurish the software code was, trust turned to anger and the Daily Telegraph wrote in disgust that “Neil Ferguson’s model could be the most devastating software mistake of all time.” It was certainly an expensive one.

If the lockdown set new standards for the intensity of government response to pandemics it also increased the risk of bureaucratically induced harm. Like the patients done in by a cytokine storm, countries and states may survive the virus only to succumb to their own countermeasures, felled by their own bureaucratic reaction.

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