Dr. Michael Osterholm, a coronavirus advisor to President-elect Joe Biden, says a 4 to 6 week lockdown could help control the pandemic and revive the economy.
Shutting down businesses and paying people for lost wages for four to six weeks could help keep the coronavirus pandemic in check and get the economy on track until a vaccine is approved and distributed..
You read that right. Shutting down businesses will help our economy.
Osterholm also said that people are getting “pandemic fatigue” and are tired of social distancing and wearing masks so this could be leading toward “COVID Hell”.
He also said that because colder weather is coming and driving people to stay indoors, there could be a surge in cases.
That seems odd, though. All summer they recommended people not go to parks or lakes, and virtually cut off all outdoor activities. In some instances, police even arrested parents for letting their kids play outside.
Nonetheless, Osterholm says if we just spend some more money then we can have a lockdown.
“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments. We could do all of that,” he said. “If we did that, then we could lockdown for four-to-six weeks.”
He also says that the problem with the months long lockdown is that it wasn't "stringent enough".
“To be effective, the lockdown has to be as comprehensive and strict as possible.”
Here's the other problem with his plan:
We've seen this before. "15 days to slow the spread" turned into "flatten the curve" that turned into "no new cases" that turned into "don't get excited just because we've flattened the curve".
15 days also turned into many months. Here, in Texas, we still have a mask mandate, and nobody really seems to know why.
Osterholm says a 4 to 6 week lockdown "could" do it. Then he says it could help until we get a vaccine approved and distributed, which Osterholm estimates around the 1st or 2nd quarter of 2021.
So much for "build back better" and a positive outlook on the future.
I have a feeling another mandatory lockdown isn't going to send this country into recovery, but do the exact opposite.
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