Universal testing for the COVID-19 infection is not necessary. What South Korea did with great effect was to test all the contacts of an known infected person. Then if any infected person was found, their contacts would be tested and so on.


South Korea was prepared for a pandemic with adequate tests available. In our case, our previous president established a unit to deal with pandemics such as the Ebola virus. This unit effectively stopped the spread of Ebola in the United States.


The present president, however, disbanded the anti-pandemic unit declaring that it was not necessary and, besides, it was created by his predecessor whom he despised. When the COVID-19 pandemic came on the scene we had no unit, no test kits and delayed any response for several weeks. After shutting down the country as we have, South Korea reopened – and created a second wave of infection that was as bad as the first. All the efforts being made to stop our shutdown, led by the present president, will, I’m afraid, have the same result as South Korea.


So many of our leaders and citizens have ignored excellent medical findings and advice. It reminds me of an old radio and TV program, “It Pays to Be Ignorant,” a spoof of the brilliant Quiz Kids program. The theme song went this way:


It pays to be ignorant, to be dumb, to be dense, to be ignorant.


It pays to be ignorant


Just like me.


Is this to be our new National Anthem?


Glenn Henricksen


Newburgh