Covid-19 is a Disease of Uncertainty & The Future of Immigration Policy
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COVID-19 is, in many ways, proving to be a disease of uncertainty. According to a new study from Italy, some 43 percent of people with the virus have no symptoms. Among those who do develop symptoms, it is common to feel sick in uncomfortable but familiar ways — congestion, fever, aches, and general malaise. Many people start to feel a little bit better. Then, for many, comes a dramatic tipping point….Those people will become short of breath, their heart racing and mind detached from reality. They experience organ failure and spend weeks in the ICU, if they survive at all. [condensed for length]
It is still worrisome how much we just don’t know and how this disease can still baffle the doctors and nurses who are trying to treat it.
I’d be all for reopening the country if, in addition to a solid plan that included a ramp-up in testing, tracing, and isolation of the appropriate groups, we just had a firmer grasp on how this virus behaves.
Forget about vaccines and antivirals for a moment. We still don’t really have the what to expect part nailed down in any significant way.
Until that time, it seems we’ve been forced to choose between two different games of Russian Roulette where the only real difference is the kind of revolver we hold up to our heads.
Even before President Donald Trump announced that he intends to temporarily suspend immigration to the U.S. because of Covid-19, it was becoming clear that the effect of the virus on migration would be powerful, long-lasting and unfortunate.
Tyler Cowen explores the future of immigration policy in the United States with regard to the long-lasting impacts this pandemic may unfortunately have.
First, there is no guarantee that a good vaccine will be ready quickly, even within two years. There is still no vaccine, for instance, for the common cold or HIV-AIDS. Even if the U.S. has Covid-19 under control, there might be persistent if small pockets of Covid-19 in other countries, including populous, poor countries such as India, Pakistan and Nigeria. The U.S. may be reluctant to take new migrants from those parts of the world.
It’s a good, sober look at the realities of the situation we are facing both now and in the future.