How will history look back on the Covid crisis? Will it rank up there with the Black Death or the Great Plague, or Spanish Flu? I doubt it. It would have to get a lot worse to make the all-time Top Ten.

It’s not that it isn’t dreadful. People are dying in large numbers across the nation and throughout the world. Millions more are sick. But it doesn’t feel like a visitation, more like something that went wrong and should have been prevented. In that sense, it’s more science fiction than biblical.

There is also, if we ignore the crazies, the shared conviction that science will put it right. Only if this turns out to be wrong will it rise up in history’s ratings.