It's been two months since my last confession --- posting. Since that time the number of deaths in the United States from the virus has risen from about 18,000 to about 110,000. But the two month period hasn't changed the debate: Should we open up more? Should we stop the measures that we've taken and go back to pre-Covid days? Or should we continue to shut down? For reasons that I don't really comprehend, the disagreement has degenerated (as many these days do) into something political - into a largely left/right issue. One side points to the effects on the economy. The statistics are indeed stark. Enormous numbers out of workers have lost their jobs. The GDP and almost all economic indicators have tanked. The other side cites the tremendous loss of life and the likelihood that there will be a recurrence, a spike in new cases that endanger countless others. They ask "What's a life worth?"
Of course, I don't know which side is correct, which path to take. But I think there are some considerations that should be taken into account no matter what we do. They're not original with me and they shouldn't be the basis for a political argument.
With these and some other measures in place, we should be able to get back to more nearly normal ways: eating out (outdoor venues are best), grocery shopping, going back to school, and shopping in general. Young people in their teens and twenties, who mostly are unsystematic after infection, can take more chances than others. But they have to take care not to infect their older friends and relations.