All the pandemics in history burn themselves out when all the susceptible patients had either died or dispersed. The Black Death ended with evacuation of the cities. London failed to learn the lesson, and had periodic outbreaks for the next 200 years. Our failure to follow the guidance of the Great Barrington Declaration strategy to fight COVID is probably responsible for the majority of deaths. We will have more frequent pandemics as we encroach on other species’ domains. Perhaps we will learn from this pandemic, but I remain skeptical because we have yet to learn from past pandemics.

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