So, was looking up something today and found some interesting facts. The first succesful polio vaccine was released in 1955. Polio wasn't considered eradicated in North & South America until 1994.
Some basic thoughts:
How many people will die of Covid-19 if it takes 40 years to eradicate?
Would we have reacted differently if the initial deaths were children instead of the elderly?
Forty years, in the US? Millions, I should think.
As for the second point, my first reaction is, yes, things would be different.
But then, I think about the attitude to school shootings. No action there.
Also, the Orcs are so brainwashed now, they'll do anything the Putin-memes tell them. They've already demonstrated that cult loyalty trumps family love. They would sacrifice their kids, I believe.
Indeed. Wasn't it the Lt Gov of Texas (yeah, the one who's indicted on fraud charges, that one) who suggested we let the old folks die, and we'll just deal with it. They've lived their lives, time to move on. So, yeah, in Texas at least, where they love, love, love children (or so they say), it would have been completely different.
An aside here: I had a medium case of polio in 1955. My left leg was paralyzed, and I had to learn to walk again. With a lot of PT, in about a year, I was out of the brace and walking pretty normally. I do fine, except when I get tired, and then I find myself limping again. So when it comes to vaccines helping people, I'm first in line, knowing what a salvation the polio vaccine was for the country and the world. Kids shouldn't have to go through what I did, and of course, for many it was much worse.
If Twitter, Facebook and Fox Noise were around in 1955, Polio would still be thriving today.