Of all the tyrannies in the world, perhaps the most dangerous to our health and well-being is the tyranny of the expert.
I learned this lesson decades ago covering stories about children with developmental disabilities or mental issues being given Tabasco laced dog food to discourage them from eating dog food. Experts had advised this was an appropriate measure to take.
Those of us with a lick of common sense, however, rightly thought the experts were nuts. You don’t make the cure worse than the disease.
That lesson has served me well all through my subsequent life. I’m sure that lots of other people learned the same lesson as well.
So when those of us with a modicum of common sense saw what was happening in Wuhan, China with the outbreak of the so-called novel corona virus back in early January, that little cautionary voice piped up and said close the border to traffic from China.
Now, federal ministers at the time were saying that it was not necessary to close the border to travelers from China. Experts at the time were telling them, they told us, that such measures were not necessary. In fact, the current Canadian Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam held a news conference and said the science did not support it and that the risk to Canadians of an outbreak here was low.
Yeah, right. Experts are always right, eh?
Today, it’s a different story. Now, the risk posed by foreign travelers is high and they will not be allowed to enter the country.
This is hilarious. What utter morons.
The vast majority of infections we have seen to date in Canada have been imported into the country.
In other words, if we had closed off our border to China and any other country with significant infections, NONE of those infections would have been brought into Canada.
Let me repeat that. Border control would have prevented virus spread here.
That is precisely what Taiwan did. It worked. Despite being geographically close and having significant economic connections, they have very little spread. Taiwan’s approach ought to serve as model for all countries in the future.
So one of the lessons our politicians need to learn from this pandemic is to listen to your gut. Have a backbone. Experts are not God. Their advice is not gospel. Common sense dictated quick, decisive action. Our politicians failed us. They listened to the experts and today our lives have been upturned and our economies gutted.
We need a public inquiry into what went wrong and how we are going to avoid this in the future.
And it will happen again. China is the source of many deadly pathogens. From the Black Death in the 14th Century to the Wuhan virus today, China has been killing millions upon millions upon millions of people worldwide.