When the Coronavirus first started popping up in numbers here in the United States, there were a lot of talks about reasonable approaches we could take to combat the virus. As the numbers continued to grow, there was a tremendous amount of pressure to shutdown the country, economy included. Now, there wasn’t a nation wide shutdown, but most states did their own shutdowns. At the time, there was a rational basis for the shutdown based on the models available. As time went on, it became clear that the models were way off and the number of predicted deaths dramatically decreased. With this in mind, you would rightly think that it is now time to reopen. Also, this shutdown has caused major problems in country that could have significant consequences. Here are 3 reasons why we need to reopen.
1. Models were greatly exaggerated:
As I said earlier, the models for this were way off. At the beginning, it was fairly reasonable to make decisions based on what the models were, but over time they became pretty much unreliable. The original projection of deaths was about 2 million deaths to 5 million deaths. While I think that was greatly exaggerated, it was the only data we had at the time. A few weeks later, the projected number of deaths dropped to 100,000 to 200,000. That’s a significant drop. A couple of weeks later, it dropped again to 60,000 deaths, which is no greater than deaths from the flu. It is obvious, based on the data now, that this thing was overhyped from the beginning. It is not the most deadliest virus in existence it’s not even as deadly as the flu. For this reason, we should reopen.
2. Unemployment Rates Skyrocket
A major consequence from the shutdown is that it forcibly closes many businesses and puts people out of work. If this were just a 2 week thing, most people would have been ok with it. As time went on and this thing got extended, businesses started losing money and had to close down for good or lay off some of their workers. Because of this, a lot of people have filed for unemployment, which naturally causes the rate to skyrocket, which was at an all time low. With people constantly being put out of work, major consequences have arrived from this. The suicide rate has gone up, drug overdoses have gone up. There has been an increase of domestic violence reports. Because of this, we need to reopen and let people go back to work.
3. Tyrannical Governments
The biggest reason for reopening is due to how state agovernments have responded to this. While some States have reasonable restrictions, other states have taken it to far. In California, the City government in Los Angeles ordered that skate parks to be filled with dirt to stop people from skating, even though the outdoors are beneficial. San Diego has issued citations to people who were simply sitting in their cars watching the sunset. Just today, a mom was arrested for letting her kids play on a playground. In Pennsylvania, a woman was arrested for going on a drive. So you might ask, what does any of this have to do with a our health? Answer, nothing, it has everything to do with power. For this reason, we need to reopen and let people actually exercise their civil liberties.
Of course, there are people who will say “we can’t reopen!” “we need to stay closed for another 6 months at least!” In reality, we can’t stay like this for months on end. Anyone who says we should have not thought about the consequences that arrive from being shutdown. Thankfully, President Trump is currently working on the process to get us reopened. Governor Kemp of Georgia has announced dates on when we’ll reopen. So on the bright side, we are seeing the back side of this.