The Lead Amnesia Syndrome

Related conditions. Somebody Else's Problem. 

The Lead Amnesia syndrome is based on the simple observable fact that the less the public is exposed to news about lead, the more likely they are to forget that lead is a problem.

Along the way, Cleveland has encountered the "move the sofa" remediation based on a story told by a Director of Public Health who explained how she moved a sofa away from a window well to prevent a poisoned child from coming into contact with lead dust.

Or, predictably, another public policy crisis will come along (COVID, Say Yes to Schools, Racism as a Public Health issue...) that will divert the public eyes (and dollars) away from lead poisoning. 

After all you can't see lead. Many times there are no symptoms. Didn't we remove lead from paint in 1978? From gas in the 1980s?