“In individuals, insanity is rare;
but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
I first heard this quote in high school. I don't know why it stuck with me. I was usually asleep or thinking about girls, or asleep dreaming of girls. I intuitively knew one day it would come in handy; much like the Krebs cycle and the fraternity songs I have memorized to this day. You can't ever forget pi carried out to the 12th decimal. Important stuff!
THAT IS WHAT IS GOING ON NOW.
CITIES are closing down. Chicago is closing restaurants and bars for anything other than carry out. The rational part of this stems from a medical practice known as “non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI)”. Doctors get their power from words no one understands, and this is one of them. Traders do the same thing but are not as bright, so we come up with “Butterfly”.
All it means is that people stay are to stay away from other people – like the chess team on prom night. No one on that team had a disease the next day – lol. The queen may have been taken, but no one was worried about a pregnancy test.
The purpose of NPI is not to stop the disease, but to slow the spread down so that all the infections don't happen at once. That would overwhelm the healthcare system, and it would collapse like in China. Below is a graph of what NPI is trying to accomplish. This is an intelligent practice that has been known about since the Spanish Flu in 1918, but was not followed because of the necessities of WW1.