FAST FIVE: The Tyranny Of Coronaphobia

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Both relate to my sense that 'coronaphobia' has taken over as the basis of government policy in so many countries, with a complete loss of perspective that life is a balance of risks pretty much on a daily basis.

Second, the coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the health and economies of many developing countries where a billion people subsist in a Hobbesian state of nature and life is 'nasty, brutish and short'.

What worries you the most.

What my former boss, the late Kofi Annan, called 'problems without passports' require solutions without passports.

Despite that, re-reading these two worries each about the policy responses to Covid two years ago and about the possible ramifications for what the post-Covid new normal will look like, I don't think I would change a single word today.  I confess I still don't understand the global outbreak of collective panic and hysteria, the shelving of all existing pandemic management plans, the failure of medical professions to speak out, and the astonishing public compliance with authoritarian policies.

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