Poll after poll after poll after poll indicate that a majority of Americans believe public health officials. They agree that prematurely rushing to reopen the country will cause unnecessary coronavirus sickness and death.
If you don’t want to believe the “fake news,” then look at Newsmax. This conservative-leaning publication that Trump has positively tweeted about dozens (hundreds?) of times echoes all of the other media.
Yet, state leaders apparently don’t care.
A day after Louisiana reported its highest spike of new cases in a month, the state began reopening businesses. That Governor doesn’t care.
A week after Idaho reopened businesses, the number of new cases doubled. Business remained open. That Governor doesn’t care.
A week after Texas reopened businesses, the state saw its highest surge in a single day. But the state is still planning the second phase of reopening. That Governor clearly doesn’t care.
The same day Missouri began reopening businesses, the state saw its highest spike of new cases. That Governor doesn’t care.
State leaders are not supposed to be clones.
Kudos to Mississippi for scaling back its plan to reopen businesses due to new spikes of infection. There’s hope for that Governor.
To be fair, some government leaders and public health officials in reopened states support their numbers. They claim that spikes of cases are inevitable with increased testing. But, why would they support reopening businesses unless there are 14 consecutive days of a downward slope? Isn’t that the supposed standard of the White House guidelines?
“…Americans should look at what has worked elsewhere. Industrialized nations in Europe and Asia have begun opening up their economies by relying on continued social distancing, widespread testing, and a network of contact tracing to identify and contain new outbreaks. South Korea built an innovative digital infrastructure to identify and track every new coronavirus case within its borders. Germany set the standard for preventative testing and an incremental, staged plan for reopening.”– Haley Sweetland Edwards for TIME
I don’t know what’s going to happen in Massachusetts. But I also know that my state is part of a northeast coalition and I think that we should follow the lead of New Jersey and New York and not reopen just because New Hampshire, which is not part of the coalition, is doing it.
I believe the polls. I believe the health officials. I believe the data. I believe that America should do what other countries are doing. And, regardless what Governor Baker says during today’s press conference about reopening business, I’ll continue to stay home, take walks and road trips, order delivery and curbside pickup and maybe occasional in-store shopping, but I’m not going to visit a business just because it’s suddenly open.
Will I go to the movies despite 25% capacity? No. I have Netflix.
Will I go to a shopping mall because my favorite store is open? No. I can visit their website and order the item for delivery or maybe they’ll even offer curbside pickup as many retailers already do.
Will I get a haircut despite a reopened salon? No. I have clippers.
Will I wear a mask to a (presumably crowded) beach on a sunny day? Heck no. I’ll find a grassy patch that nobody else knows about, or I’ll lie out on my balcony next to my Nalgene bottle of water and dream about coming together during calmer times.