The Great Experiment

We watched China get hit hard by the virus. Pretending it was “the flu” did not work.  Too many people got infected and died.  There was no choice.  There was only one option:  Shut down the country!

Soon, Italy was hit and the choice seemed clear:  Shelter and Quarantine!

With frightful speed, Covid-19 spread into the US and the choice was inevitable:  Shut it all down NOW!

We were frightened of the virus.  Then, we started to assess the economic impact.  It was terrifying, too. Meanwhile, cases dropped.  The shutdown was working. But, we wrecked the economy.  Some compared it to a temporary coma to save the patient.  So, what if the patient never reawakens?

We looked around as the word “Depression” was used:   “What have we done?!?”It was easy to talk ourselves into opening up.  We have science, data and good old American Spirit to deal with this!  We mingled.  We got close.  Maybe we wore masks.

Then, we started protesting in tight groups…. Sometimes, teargas was involved, making bodily fluids flow everywhere.

Yes, we are now open.  Granted, restaurants are pretty empty and theaters are still closed.  Many are still trying to separate.  But, even vulnerable people are coming out.

It is possible our modest efforts with masks and some distancing will keep the outbreak reasonable.  It is possible the economy will be able to recover.  We really do not know.

The Great Experiment has begun!

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Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems. 

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