a virus is a virus and we'll see it again and new versions...hope we're more rational next time around...
I think we will be better prepared in future. The disruptions & shortages are in large part because:
A. BO didn’t restock the storehouses after the wide scale flu pandemics on his watch
B. The CDC response team was not adequate for an emergency and it’s mandate had shifted to politically correct issues like obesity
C. The lessons of the past pandemics were lost on Presidents who didn’t care about Americans and went back to business as usual
D. These same “leaders” allowed and encouraged America to become a service economy & off-shored the essential supply chains for drugs & supplies
The inability of the CDC & response team to be quickly out of the box in the face of an unknown virus which had shown significant morbidity, mortality and an enhanced ability to spread mandated a Nationwide response to allow time for the tests, supplies and manpower to be deployed.
The important thing is always the downside risk. At the onset that risk was very high and warrented assuming some economic risk. Now that the response is in place, there appear to be some effective drug therapies and the virus is behaving as a less lethal pathogen the measures deployed to slow the spread will be rolled back.
The next time we will not be starting from behind the 8-ball & perhaps with POTUS shaking the tree we can cut the numbers of seasonal flu deaths by a large %. The flu shots will never be the answer. There are too many strains and the vaccine makers guess 47% right in their best year. There are studies showing that people who get the flu shot are more susceptible to strains not in the shot. If we put the effort into testing drug therapies we may be able to find not only effective therapies for the sick but safe drugs that can protect vulnerable populations from influenza & coronaviruses.