• Joel Brown

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 6 comments on The Pandemic Changed How We Eat, Travel, Tip. Now Things Are Changing Again

  1. Just to be clear, it wasn’t COVID so much as our overreaction to COVID that caused many of these changes. Rather than keeping the public calm and rational, public health officials stoked fear with wild modeling and unsubstantiated doomsday predictions, supported by media-hungry doctors and scientists eager to support the narrative.

    At the end of the day, we did much of this to ourselves.

      1. Doug, this is a disingenuous argument.

        A precautionary reaction to COVID was appropriate and proper.

        Our overreaction to COVID appears to have led to a sharp increase in depression and suicides, especially among age groups that were least susceptible to COVID, while still not preventing the 6.9 million deaths you note.

        1. Is it also possible that our reaction was appropriate and necessary given the complete uncertainty of a new and deadly virus? Hindsight is easy. Anybody can play Monday Morning Quarterback and question decisions long after the fact. But in the moment, when nobody knows anything about the virus, caution was critical. And if we had reacted as you suggest, perhaps the 6.9 million deaths would have been 10 million instead?

    1. Ari – I am here to support Doug’s comment. My father died of COVID, and I can tell you first-hand that there wasn’t an “overreaction”. For you to insinuate that he “did this to himself” is both hurtful and ridiculous. I am tired of your comments that focus on whataboutism instead of actually reading the content in front of you. Take a moment to learn and absorb before you jump to defend whatever take you’re peddling at the moment.

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