COVID: Stop Pretending There’s a Coherent National Policy We Can Change

A woman wearing a face mask walks in Times Square following the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, March 16, 2020. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Our current state-by-state, locality-by-locality approach is both inevitable and rational.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Great Barrington Declaration is an eight-paragraph statement from many leading skeptics of the First World’s aggressive reaction to COVID-19. It was organized by the American Institute for Economic Research, a free-market think tank, and signed by lockdown skeptics including Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford, Sunetra Gupta of Oxford, and plenty of others. Scott Atlas, the Stanford health-care expert who’s drawn fire for the role he’s playing in the White House’s approach to the pandemic, has endorsed it as well.

There’s good and bad in the declaration itself. More than anything, though, it makes me wonder if the kind of big-picture thinking

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