- May 25, 2006
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Brad, you always try to sound smart but you can never think past the top layer. Let me ask you this, how does lifting restrictions, allowing people back to work, having a high percentage of them becoming sick and unable to work, having a higher than normal death rate because the nation's health care doesn't have enough to treat every ill patient, not going to break the economy? How does cutting restrictions early, resulting a new wave that puts us back into restrictions, going to benefit the economy in the long term? This stop and go, this uncertainty, does way more harm to the economy than doing it right the first time. No company is going to hire new workers if there's going to be a stoppage of work every few months because new waves of outbreaks happens. The economy would tank and it would tank for longer than had we just bit the bullet the first time.How does a broken economy help keep the supply chains open and running for the manufacture and delivery of such critical things as respirators and masks? How does a broken economy help keep hospitals, doctors, nurses, all medical providers doing their heroic work? How does a broken economy help keep the search for a “cure” going at full breakneck speed? How does a broken economy help keep police, fire and first responders doing their essential jobs? How does a broken economy help keep the support services necessary for all of the above going?
And for the rest of us: How does a broken economy help keep your kids fed, educated and safe? How does a broken economy help keep the heat and lights on, the water running, the phone working? How does a broken economy help you go where you need to go whether by car or transit? How does a broken economy help keep public order or crime from running rampant? How does a broken economy help keep intact a sense of shared community and looking out for your neighbors? How does a broken economy help keep personal financial fears and anxieties that take physical as well as mental tolls under control?
A functioning economy is as vital a part of beating this demonic virus as respirators and masks. The post-covid landscape can either resemble an earthquake zone or not.
So please, do us all a favor on this forum. Before you start with this devil's advocate spiel that you so crave, think 2 or 3 steps down the road from your initial thoughts.
By the way, there is currently no threats to the supply chain. However, even if there was, that is going to be out of the US's hand considering much of the component used for respirators and masks are produced outside the US, meaning lifting restrictions in the US makes no difference in keeping the supply chain going. Also, medical providers will tell you that it is better to flatten the curve than it is to lift restrictions because that at least gives them the capacity to treat patients. Overwhelming them by lifting the restriction would result in no treatment to anyone who is suffering from a non-COVID-19 illness, unnecessarily increasing the mortality rate of common illnesses like the flu, the cold, bronchitis, etc, as they will have nobody to treat them. Also, work on a "cure" is not impacted because pharmaceuticals are considered "essential" so there are no work stoppage, their products are necessities, meaning there is less likelihood that people will stop buying them than say a new tv (and most would be paid for via health insurance, in fact more would of it would have been covered if the Trump administration didn't gut Obamacare), and generally finding the cure will result in big profits that would more than cover any losses they sustained during the vaccine development as the government and the healthcare industry will be buying ample amounts of it. They will survive.
Hard to stay positive and optimistic if the news have to announce the death of millions of Americans because "the economy is more important" and the inability to control the virus because people lack patience. If you still don't know what this scenario is like, look at Italy.Stay positive, stay optimistic.
You want to instill confidence in people? You get this pandemic under control so people can be confident that the next train ride they take won't result in them being taken to a hospital begging for a treatment.