QUICK READ: Social distancing efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus are working, according to preliminary data, but there’s also a problem: There are still communities that aren’t doing enough, and some that started too late. Does
In Michigan over 3000 cars jammed the state capital to protest social distancing and shelter in place orders. Speaking to Michigan NBC affiliate WOOD-TV, one woman attending suggested she didn’t entirely trust the social distancing recommendations being made by “the so-called scientists” like Dr. Anthony Fauci, adding that she believes “very strongly in herd immunity.”
In Florida the Governor refused to close beaches instead leaving it up to local communities which led to the widespread spread of the virus. According to a report from the Daily Beast, Nebraska health officials and the public are frightened about the sudden surge of coronavirus cases in Nebraska and are furious with Republican Gov. Peter Ricketts for being one of the few governors in the country to refuse to issue stay at home orders.
A joint report produced by the Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has warned that even a staggered reopening of the economy could lead to a surge in new COVID-19 cases in the United States.
At what point does the health of the many outweigh the civil liberties of the few?
Each Coronavirus case costs us all. Some may carry the virus and feel completely fine, but spread it to others who get very sick and cost us all in healthcare dollars.
It’s interesting to note that Republicans, in polls, feel that most news about the virus is a “fake news”. What’s more worrisome is, some see it as a Democratic plot to take down an incompetent President.
The same can be said about obesity and people who don’t exercise. Their lack of motivation costs us all. We can’t allow this to happen and have to do a lot better job of educating a public that, at times, can be stupid.