Dr. Marc Siegel: COVID and the 500,000 deaths milestone — keep in mind the tale of two pandemics

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It was already the second year of masking and distancing and schools, restaurants, and businesses closing, and hospitals kept overflowing as the economy slowed to a crawl. Many people were slackers and refused to comply.

Here in New York, my Uncle Leonard had a bilateral ear infection requiring emergency surgery but the hospitals were full, and he died at home at age 9 months. That was seven years before my mother was born.

Lockdowns didn’t work very well to stem the tide, except in cities like St. Louis or San Francisco where there were still few infections at the time everything was closed. There was a big debate over streetcars and whether to keep them running or not. Some cities had them running with the windows open with mandatory social distancing.  

There was little understanding of what a virus was and many still thought the pandemic was caused by a bacteria.

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There was no successful vaccine though there was much talk of one and several were developed.  This virus mutated frequently and it spun off a deadly variant in the fall that caused the famous second wave. There

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