Back to work – the time is now


Back to work: On April 20, a study by the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health was released which found that approximately 2.8 percent to 5.6 percent of the Los Angeles County adult population already has coronavirus antibodies present in their bodies. That means that between 220,000 to 440,000 people in the LA area already have had the coronavirus. Also, during that same week New York tested 3,000 individuals throughout the state and found that roughly 13.8 percent of the population has antibodies for the coronavirus, which also means that 13.8 percent have had the coronavirus.

What does that mean?

This antibody testing shows us several things.

First is that the coronavirus infections are much more widespread than previously thought. Second is that, although the virus is much more highly contagious than expected, the death rate is much lower. If we take the infection numbers and compare them against the known deaths, the death rate of coronavirus looks to be anywhere between 0.02 percent and 0.08 percent, not the 5 percent to 10 percent that we feared.

Finally are the questions that need to be considered carefully. Is this virus deadly? Yes, it is. Do we need to take precautions to protect the most vulnerable among us? Yes.

But shutting down the country is not the solution.

What have we learned?

While a death rate of between 0.02 percent and 0.08 percent is between twice to eight times higher than the common flu, we have learned to protect ourselves through various practices that have been initiated. They include social distancing, not shaking hands, not giving each other hugs or kisses and wearing a face mask in public. All these measures will not only cut down the spread of COVID-19, they will also cut down the spread of influenza and other communicable viruses.

Which begs the question-these measures aren’t such a bad thing, are they?

What are the unintended consequences? (Make Bold)

What is a bad thing is the virus of fear that has overwhelmed this country of ours. We are living in our houses: afraid to go outside; afraid to go to work; afraid to go the grocery store; afraid to live our lives.

The virus of fear has decimated many lives and ruined millions of small businesses. Many of those businesses will never, ever recover. It’s time to re-open our country. We can no longer sit idly by and do nothing. Staying home, not working, not going to school, not learning and not living are not the solution.

It is letting the virus of fear win.

Our government has run up more than three trillion dollars of debt to try to support the country during this fight against the coronavirus. The problem is that most of this money is doled out to keep people sitting at home. This is not fighting the virus. This is letting the virus win by reinforcing the virus of fear in the population.

The government needs to allow the people to get back to work, to get back to building and creating, to get back to being Americans. The sooner we can get back to working and living again, the sooner we can start paying down these three-trillion dollars of debt that we ran up. As of right now we are passing this debt onto our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. This virus of fear has indebted our country for generations.

It needs to stop now.

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