Hotel Rooms in the Time of Corona

Theodore Dalrymple discovers the beneficial impact of the Wuhan virus on hotel room prices on a recent trip to London over at Takimag.

I still can’t make up my mind whether we are over- or underreacting to the epidemic. I, like others, are prey to many doubts. In the absence of knowledge of the prevalence of asymptomatic cases, how can we know its true death rate? Is the infection contagious before it manifests itself clinically, in which case isolation short of universal will not entirely contain its spread? Have some of the dead—at least, those even more elderly than myself—died with the infection rather than of it?

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