My argument was not a defense of the Chicago school, though, which I agree with you about, but about the whole practice of attempting to fit complex and disjointed human behavior into an economic model. I’d argue that that is the whole problem in a nutshell. Even Marx was trying to shove human behavior into his model of class warfare. As I said, YMMV, of course, but as a historian, I find human behavior to be much more unpredictable than people looking at the world via an economic lens often allow for.
[ETA] I would argue that this is part of the larger phenomenon described by Karl Polyani in his postwar book The Great Transformation which originally came out in the immediate postwar period… he sort of argued that the marketization of society in the late 19th and early 20th century contributed to the economic and social disasters of first few decades of the 20th century (wars and the great depression). I think it’s an implicit argument for not trying to shoehorn everything into an economic model…
It’s worth a read if you’ve never had the chance to read it.
Of course, as we’ve seen so often during this pandemic, the in vitro results often don’t match with what goes on in vivo, so despairing over this may well be as premature as getting excited about new potential cures.
That’s good but it also seems a couple years late. Early on in the pandemic it was remarkably difficult to self-report the results of home tests and they were generally not included in official numbers even if you did.
Some people believe that public health measures against COVID-19, including masking and staying home, have resulted in an understimulation of children’s immune systems called an “immunity debt,” and that children are getting more sick now because of it
The phrase “immunity debt” comes from a French position paper published in 2021 and no evidence was cited to back up this claim
It’s not that children’s immune systems are weaker, but rather that they are all being exposed to viruses from which they were shielded when public health measures were in place, and they are now falling ill at the same time
This is the most important part. It is a specific cohort driving this phenomenon we are seeing. The under-4’s mostly were protected from the usual snotoses for 2 1/2 years or so, and upon exposure, they all got sick pretty much simultaneously, bringing them home to sibs and parents who had had pre-covid exposures, but no booster in 2 1/2 years, some of whom got sick as well, repeat ad nauseum. Thing is, this was expected, predicted, and acting as though it is a huge surprise in totally disingenuous. We knew this was going to happen if the precautions all went away at once, like they did. Our only error was underestimating how quickly those precautions would collapse. But here we are…
Sure as heck seems like it. But this story cuts both ways. If the virus was so mind-blowingly transmissible that one infected person on an outdoor jog could infect dozens of people in the general vicinity with such a fleeting exposure then there’s clearly no hope of ever containing it with even the most draconian of lockdowns.