Let’s face it, the U.S. wasn’t ready for the coronavirus—neither was the rest of the world. We were all so underprepared, perhaps thinking that a pandemic of this magnitude was ancient history. Ancient history that no government seemed to learn from. Pandemics aren’t new, they’ve been a part of our history since worlds’ conception, and yet, COVID-19 came about and the world shut down, people lost their jobs, hospitals became overwhelmed, basic supplies ran short and now, State leaders are pushing to re-open the country when it has barely recovered.
Social distancing rules were put in place to slow the spread of the virus, but some people refused to obey the law and recently, protests have spread across the country demanding “liberty” and claiming that COVID-19 is a hoax. Sadly, many of these protestors refuse to accept facts and data showing the rapid infections and deaths caused due to COVID.
Some states have already announced the reopening of certain businesses. Texas will allow theaters to reopen, but not gyms while Georgia is allowing both including tattoo and massage parlors as well. Are massage parlors, theaters and tattoo parlors really essential to the point that reopening is necessary? Are the decisions made by state leaders to open these businesses up driven by the desire to help the declining economy or fueled by the angry protests?
Those who argue for reopening soon, claim that this will help control the spread thus allowing the population to develop resistance to the virus. But there is no data, statistics or research to back this claim up. The World Health Organization even warned that there’s no way of knowing how long immunity would last or if it would even be effective.
So with so many unknowns, is it really wise to reopen so soon or are we just exposing ourselves to the possibility of even more infections and deaths?