How The U.S. Is Caught In A 'Pandemic Spiral'

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You're listening to shortwave. From NPR. Army ants don't see very well, they navigate by spending the ramones laid by other Armenians while also laying their own firemen's as they walk these firemen trails. If they loop back on themselves by accident caused the to just March and circles until they die from either exhaustion or dehydration. Ed Young is a science writer for the Atlantic and this to me is the perfect metaphor for America's. Response to the pandemic because the ants are just walled in by their own instincts there's nothing keeping them in circles other than that they can only sent what is immediately in front of them. They have no sense of the bigger picture no sense for the future and no coordinating forced to guide them out of this endless fatal spiral in his latest piece. Ed argues that this spiral. Is happening here in the US because we've really been playing catch up with the virus we are reacting and responding instead of consistently planning in preventing, which has put us in what he calls an intuition nightmare. So it means that we keep on thinking about the pandemic in the wrong ways, our attitudes, our intuitions for what is happening are also leading US astray so we tend to. Bounce from one thing to the other without putting in a web of measures, and unless we start thinking about the problem in different and better ways that match the magnitude of the challenge in front of us, we're going to continue making bad decisions and bad policies and I mean we hit to be everything from you and I and this is to the people in the White House. These errors in judgment aren't specific to the corona virus pandemic. It's just particularly good at revealing this behavior in all of us because of things like the scope and the pace of it for a start. When the coronavirus reached the US, it's spread throughout the entire country wasn't immediately apparent. He came in waves, and once people start spreading, the virus takes a while for the consequences of those risky behaviors to manifest in obvious statistics. And finally. The stakes are so high and we still know so little because this virus is new. So we are trapped in these loops of fear and anxiety. We look for more information we find only uncertainty and doubt, and that makes us more vulnerable a lot of these conceptual errors, these problems of intuition. The good news is that this

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