Litigation, and the threat thereof, made news last week. In the middle of a pandemic and economic collapse, news bulletins led with reports of teachers' fears they would be sued by students who might be unhappy with their grades. In no other country is there a national discussion about school children lawyering up over an emergency response to exam cancellation.
The Spanish flu a century ago caused the deaths of millions of people. The coronavirus appears to be similarly lethal. Despite the huge loss of life from Spanish flu, it had limited impact on societies, politics or economic well-being at the time, and societies were not traumatised by it.
How lethal is coronavirus? This is the question we ask ourselves every time we buy groceries or stand outside the homes of vulnerable loved ones. It is asked by essential workers as they go to their jobs and will be asked by non-essential workers when restrictions are eased and choices have to be made about returning to work.