It is not about 500 million virus that we don’t know, it is about one virus that we know is responsible for a lot of deaths, and that we know is mutating. It is still there, we cannot afford to assume that we are done with it.
That’s an extremely simplistic take on CFR. There’s a lot of variables, such as how many elderly are being infected, how long the infection to deterioration stage is with some of the victims, how much the healthcare system is able to prevent fatalities and whether its ability to do so is being affected now that Taipei and NTC hospitals are being overwhelmed a bit, etc.
A common sense public health measure of getting people to stay home in a pandemic in order to prevent disease spread is not martial law. To bandy about such a term in light of the history in Taiwan and elsewhere is mortifying.
Merriam WebsterDefinition of martial law
1: the law applied in occupied territory by the military authority of the occupying power
2: the law administered by military forces that is invoked by a government in an emergency when the civilian law enforcement agencies are unable to maintain public order and safety
People posting here aren’t experts but imagine if we had to convene a meeting to come up with a policy to deal with this situation.
It’s easy to realize that the decision we come up with could be worse than what a policy coming from two to three people would have been. Of course, it does depend on who the two to three people would be.
Hey, hey, hey. Though I agree that ‘martial law’ should be called ‘non-voluntary restriction of movement mandated by the gov’t, enforced by police’ and ‘lockdowns’ ‘home vacations’, I think that the use of the word ‘mortifying’ is particularly negative. What about ‘non-uplifting’ as a plusgood term we could agree on using?
So my question is for practice simulation what will we notice that is different? Taiwan News seemed to indicate drill will include store closures, restrictions on residents leaving homes, etc. However as stated Taipei Times was clearer. When it is a military drill everyone gets off the streets for a period of time. What will it be like tomorrow? The English news did not seem to communicate this well.
I suspect they’re just making this stuff up as they go along.
OTOH it might be worth pointing out that a primary goal of psychological warfare is to keep the enemy guessing. To cause the maximum amount of fear and stress, make sure they have absolutely no idea what’s coming next.
If you watch Ko’s pressers this is very obvious. He swings back and forth. One day he’ll be oh we’re all fucked, next day he’ll be, numbers clearly going down panic over. The drill is bullshit, ignore it completely, there is no legal basis for it. It’s just games for the boys.
I was just out hiking all on my lonesome and the trail passes over the Taipei New Taipei border. Laughably the New Taipei side was “shut”. Meaning, yellow tape across it. Like they think yellow tape is going to save the nation.
We seem almost back to normal in Ohio now if you are vaccinated. I was at the grocery store tonight and I was the only one with a mask on and I’ve been fully vaccinated for a month now. My wife who is Taiwanese and I are still wearing masks to the store since our kids aren’t vaccinated.