In coordination with state leaders, the federal government issues a strict 15-day shutdown of American society. All corners of the country were virtually closed—the economy paused—in order to prevent the spread of the virus. But as we get close to the end of this period, more data is coming in. And people are wondering if this was the right decision. Now, Trump is alerting state governors of changes.
With each passing day, we are learning more about the dreaded virus that has nearly crippled the planet. Early on, some experts made wild predictions about how deadly this disease could be. Some estimates were staggering, triggering fear and panic across the world. Add to that the scary scenario that unfolded in Italy, you can see why our government took drastic steps.
But in recent days, some of those same medical experts have revised their predictions. Even as the number of positive cases grow, we are learning that this disease isn’t as deadly as originally thought. The vast majority of patients show mild to no symptoms, with very few facing serious complications or death.
After two weeks of shutting down American, many are wondering if this was the right choice. Our economy is suffering—as millions of Americans are forced to stay home. It’s no secret that people are eager to get back to work. The president himself said the cure to this crisis cannot be worse than the problem itself.
So, as we near the end of this 15-day period, he notified state governors.
President Donald Trump sent a letter to America’s governors on Thursday announcing that the administration would be releasing new guidelines for state and local officials that would allow them to be flexible in responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus, which came from China.
“There is still a long battle ahead, but our efforts are already paying dividends. As we enhance protections against the virus, Americans across the country are hoping the day will soon arrive when they can resume their normal economic, social, and religious lives,” the letter stated. “In furtherance of this shared goal, my Administration is working to publish new guidelines for State and local policymakers to use in making decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place.” [Source: Daily Wire]
It’s no secret the country was caught flat-footed by this crisis. We didn’t have adequate testing, thanks to outdated regulation. Trump had to move fast to cut through the red tape and implement as much testing as possible.
With increased testing abilities, the government is planning to enact a more strategic system of mitigation. In the letter, Trump described counties as being high-risk, medium-risk, or low-risk. Those areas that don’t seem as heavily-impacted by the virus will most likely have their restrictions eased, with Americans able to go back to work.
Even high-risk areas eventually have to return to normal, soon. This virus isn’t as deadly as originally thought. And the most vulnerable continue to be elderly and those with existing conditions. Why can’t we focus on protecting them, so that the rest of us can live our lives?
This virus has upended our country in ways nobody expected. But so-far the “cure” feels far worse than the disease. What good is it to stop the spread of infection, if we kill our society in the process? How many people really feel safe and healthy right now, if they can’t even leave their houses?
If there’s anything we learn from this outbreak, it has to be that dictatorial measures like this are not the way to handle a crisis.