Im on the left here, but i suspect on THIS subject, more of those on the right will agree with me then the left.
We have to have a plan to get people back to work. And it can’t be 18 months of lock down.
Both the CDC and the imperial college report said the same thing. The only way to avoid a overrun of the medical, is to do suppression until there is a vaccine.
Both said that after 7 weeks, the virus will be small, but when we lift it, it will come back just as bad in Sept or so. So we have to maintain it longer or 700,000+ AMericans will die and hospitals will be over run.
I argue that we should stay in suppression mode for the 7 weeks (BUT - NEED a public end date) and then move to mitigation. Yes -People will die. There will be a human toll. BUT - if we stay in this mode for 18 moths we will have a massive great depression and THAT TOO has a human toll.
POVERTY kills. Unemployment leads to Suicides, higher crime, abuse, starvation, lack of medical insurance, etc. I think 18 months of suppression would lead to a higher human toll for longer.
This is not picking money of lives. BOTH have human costs. We need to have this discussion. Use the 7 weeks (Plus the summer months) to have a mitigation plan. Those high risk stay home, ramp up production of what we need, build hospitals, etc. And when it comes back, we deal with it. But keep the country open