Fighting COVID Isn’t A Mystery, White People Were Just Dumb

Idiotic exceptionalism

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Western civilization has obviously shit the bed

There is no great mystery to fighting COVID-19. Basic public health measures have been known for hundreds of years. During this pandemic, they were practiced across most of the world. White people were just dumb.

Bog-Standard Public Health

Painfully, over hundreds of epidemics, humans have figured out the tools of public health. Test and isolate has been known since Moses was in short pants. It’s in the Bible. Isolation treatment has been practiced in China for thousands of years. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) famously said in a hadith:

“If you hear of a plague in a land, do not enter it; and if it breaks out in the land where you stay, do not leave.”

Muslim scholars like Ibn Sina (Avicenna) came close to germ theory and proposed medical quarantines in the 1000s. Chinese doctors did crude but effective vaccinations in the 1500s. Indeed the rough idea of quarantine as ‘stay the fuck away from places where everyone is dying and don’t let them come here’ could be said to be instinctive. These ideas have been circulating since the BCs. It doesn’t matter where they came from. The point is that they’re known, and they work for any infectious disease, including COVID-19.

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Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at www.indi.ca, or just email me at indi@indi.ca.