I liked this comment by a senior US army officer at an early Covid-19 briefing, though not sure how easy it is to deliver. 

This is an unbelievably complicated problem, and there is no way we are going to be able to do this with a complicated solution. We need something super simple.

Whether it panned out as planned is still unclear, though the nearest thing I can think of as a super simple solution to a horribly complex problem is Distance + Mask + Soap = Risk Reduction Pending Vaccine.

For other thoughts on complexity, see David Boyle, Jakob Burckhardt, and Churchill. 


Source: Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, press briefing, 23 March 2020

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  1. Mel Gama

    Thanks for give me the credit. :)

    • beatriceotto

      The least I can do! Thanks for visiting the site. Best wishes, Beatrice

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