May 062020

Not opening business will cost more lives due to suicide and drug overdose — POTUS May 2020.

Is it any wonder we stay up late at night and watch hours of “Fraser” on the channel with the disgusting lovey-dovey romance movies? The news is bleaker with each passing cycle.

Flipping channels this morning, I heard Governor Cuomo (D-NY) report more than 200 deaths overnight. The number has been much larger in New York, but 200 deaths is an astonishing number. The arc of the influence and lives of 200 lost souls is nearly incomprehensible for me. Another stat that jumped out at me this morning—more than 600 deaths overnight in the U.K., a county so much smaller than the U.S.A.

The arc of the influence and lives of 200 lost souls is nearly incomprehensible for me.

I’ve repeatedly heard that we are in a “Sophie’s Choice” moment. Do we want a full economy or no deaths? There is no choice. Whether we all hunker down for months in underground bomb shelters or attend stadium rallies, the virus is still in control. Scientists are learning more every day, but the virus is still new, or “novel” as implied the name, novel coronavirus. We have no idea how long it will last, if it will go away, if immunity exists for those who have been ill or exposed.

And realistically, we have to open society. It’s not possible for everyone to stay hunkered down forever. Most people don’t have that first world privilege.

But isn’t it HOW we open up?

The government released federal guidelines, yet only a few of the 40 states opening up met/meet the initial recommendations. Are you ready to attend a college graduation with thousands of other people? Or even go to your local theater? What about your religious services?

There’s really only one way to accomplish a reopening. And that’s with testing. We (hopefully) have years to figure out what happened; now we need a national moon shot to develop enough tests for 330 million Americans, and perhaps, a chance to save the world. I agree that vaccines are important and I applaud those working on them, but I believe testing and the supplies that go with them, should be at the forefront of our efforts. And yes, we’re going to have to multi-task.

My husband and I are retired, so we have the privilege of hunkering down as we wish. Not so much for our adult son or working-age nieces and nephews. With testing, we can open up and have a chance against this new virus. History will first record the number of deaths, not the Dow average.

I wish you all peace and comfort. And if you aren’t a frontline worker, you can support them or others. Send a note, send an email, call an old friend, and donate to your local food bank.

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