The last two weeks have been difficult for the United States, as the government enacted extreme measures to combat the coronavirus. Since March 16, they stepped up measures, forcing people to refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10. But is the cure worse than the disease? President Trump mentioned what might happen next in a late-night tweet. A change might be coming soon.
Let’s face it, Americans have been in hell ever since news of the coronavirus exploded. We were just fine all through January and February. We knew the virus was out there—and we also knew that basic measures (like washing hands, etc.) were enough to prevent getting infected.
Then Italy went tits-up and our government flipped out. Over the month of March, the federal and state governments issued more and more extreme mandates to prevent the spread of the disease. Acting like this is a communist dictatorship, our government ordered bars and restaurants closed. Some states have forced all Americans to stay at home.
All because a fraction of the public might get infected by a virus no worse than a strong flu.
Many have criticized these extreme measures. The economy is tumbling. Grocery stores are mobbed. Children can’t go to school. And Americans live in uncertainty day after day. Is all this panic really going to help stop this disease?
Even the experts say no. These extreme measures are only meant to “slow the spread” and “flatten the curve.” Don’t you love those bogus buzz words? They mean people will still get infected (and recover). The government is just putting most of us through hell, because they don’t want another Italy.
(Imagine how bad that would look in the media?)
But we are not Italy. And while we don’t want our hospitals overwhelmed, we are far better equipped to deal with a crisis than a small, Mediterranean country with an ineffective government. These strict measures might do nothing to stop the disease. But they will go a long way in damaging our society for months or years to come.
It seems like Trump is already foreseeing that. In a late-night tweet, he complained that the cure might be worse than the problem. And in strong terms, he promised a change in policy by the end of the month.
President Trump tweeted Sunday that his administration will reassess its response to the coronavirus outbreak at the end of the 15-day period that calls on Americans to limit their normal behaviors in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
Businesses across the U.S. have been turned on their heads as federal, state and local governments called for drastic measures to block more infections. Stocks on Wall Street plunged to their worst losses in more than three decades.
“We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” the president tweeted in caps lock, before announcing the reassessment. [Source: Fox News]
At the beginning of March, we were told all we have to do to prevent getting sick was to practice basic sanitary measures. Avoid those who are sick, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and staying home if you have symptoms. Those measures have not changed.
So why the hell were we suddenly told to lock ourselves up in our houses? Why did major events, movie theaters, and other public gatherings get shut down? Why did we, almost overnight, turn ourselves into a hermit dictatorship?
I’d like to know which “expert” in the government recommended these strict, insane measures. We need to protect the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, yes. But is all this necessary? Couldn’t we have enacted a more strategic approach, instead of punishing every American?
(How about just urging Americans with older relatives to keep them inside?)
Trump seems to think so. In his message, he made it clear he’s not happy about this “cure.” Not only is the economy suffering, but every American who can’t even buy a roll of toilet paper is suffring too.
He isn’t promising to lift this shutdown, but come April 1, something has to change.