By now, you might have stumbled across any number of reports describing the Trump administration’s de facto embrace of a ‘herd immunity’ strategy: letting the virus run rampant to build up immunity, while attempting (and failing) to protect at-risk populations, so we can
protect TEH STONKS! return to normal. Underlying this Republican nihilism–and until multiple Republicans challenge him on this, it’s a Republican policy*–is the belief that we can’t do anything to prevent infection, as expressed by White House Chief of Staff and COVID-19 Surrender Monkey Mark Meadows.
If you think about this for any amount of time, it becomes obvious just how stupid that Republican nihilism is. After eight months of a pandemic involving an airborne virus, with a patchwork and largely incompetent national response, well under twenty percent of Americans have contracted the virus. So it’s pretty fucking obvious that it is possible to prevent most people from contracting it, even in the U.S., over extended periods of time.
Of course, that assumes they really want to stop it at all–which, as it has been clear for months, they don’t.
*If the left, construed broadly, has to own the idiocy of various dipshit college sophomores, then the Right owns the COVID-19 (non-)strategy until they make it clear that it’s failing.