Seven months ago, with the Covid-19 crisis still barely recognised outside China, I wrote sarcastically in this column about the six-year pandemic panic syndrome – suggesting that pandemic panic had erupted over the past two decades in a six-year cycle, that this outbreak of coronavirus (it had not been named then) was unlikely to be “the big one” like the Black Death of the 1300s; that we were terrible at recognising risk; and that the greatest threat from the Wuhan outbreak was likely to be…