During the current covid crisis, many health officials have said we have to endure numerous restrictions on our daily movements, and things can only go back to normal if a vaccine comes. Some re-opening plans even take that as a new normal, and apparently now everyone is supposed to have OCD about cleaning all surfaces. And all of this has been decided for us, by medical professionals, without any democratic input from the citizens.
What if we never find a vaccine? Given the nature of coronaviruses, and that we still don't have vaccines for HIV or ebola, which are far more deadly and have been with us longer, that is a very real possibility. Think of what we've lost. Having to stand in certain spots in the grocery store is a nuisance, but pales in comparison to other measures. We can't sing in church anymore. There are no street festivals, street parties, folk festivals, concerts, or live entertainment. We are no longer supposed to hug our friends or family members, and even getting together with groups of friends is frowned upon these days. Weddings and funerals had to be live-streamed in the spring, and children were not to have live birthday parties. The ability to drop in somewhere is massively restricted, as for many gyms and pools, you have to reserve your spot ahead of time. What of things like sports clubs on university and college campuses, both varsity and intramural, which are an important social experience?
Now imagine that no vaccine ever comes. By a strict interpretation of health guidance, all of these things are now lost to us forever.
Is this something you are willing to accept?