The rent moratorium reshaped the rental property industry into a sub-prime lending nightmare, but it didn’t have to be that way.
When all the data is in at last about COVID19 and all its attendant disasters, it will be much easier to judge the effectiveness, necessity and success of some of the more unprecedented measures the U.S. took to beat the pandemic.
Even the idea of “beating COVID19” has become somewhat outmoded, replaced by a growing awareness, and consensus, among experts, media outlets and cultural gatekeepers that the virus may be with us for a very long time, perhaps forever.
As such, the thinking goes, it might be something we have to learn to live with rather than aspire to eradicate.
Human beings don’t have many natural enemies, so we aren’t exactly used to all this. We don’t have any in fact, save polar bears and mountain lions, and there aren’t enough of either to pose a real threat. Sharks are an even more undersize risk to us, as are animals like lions. Hippo kill more people in Africa than lions. Cape Buffalo are second.
Our only natural enemies, the only things that pose a real danger to our survival (besides ourselves) are of the microscopic variety. Humanity’s struggles against virus and disease have been long, arduous and horrifying. Epidemics like the Black Death and Small Pox changed history, reshaped societies, and left a legacy of fear that advances in medical science haven’t managed to quell.
Scientists, virologists and even U.S. diplomats have been warning for years about the likelihood of a viral outbreak. Wet markets in particular have been mentioned as the perfect incubator for a zoonotic pathogen to jump species.
Even with all the warnings, all the historical precedence; even considering other recent outbreaks like Swine Flu and SARS; even given the horrors of a virus like Ebola Zaire: We weren’t prepared.
Not only wasn’t the U.S. adequately prepared with a game plan for dealing with a pandemic scenario like COVID19, most other developed nations haven’t fared any better.
As a result of not having a plan, the patchwork of policy, mandates, moratoriums and shut-downs have almost certainly included some misses.