When and How Do We Open Up our Country
There seems to be no rational person that suggests that we are ready to open our country. Likewise, there is no rational person that believes an indefinite closure is tenable. So it is a forgone conclusion that we will open but the question remains is when and how. What are the prerequisites? What will be the consequences? What are the goals? What level of increased loss of life is “acceptable”? What can we do to mitigate morbidity and mortality?
These are certainly not easy questions but there is plausible evidence that without widespread testing the country cannot open without mayhem.
Let’s assume that people will develop immunity (not entirely clear).
Let’s assume every day of delay in restarting the economy has irreparable damage (cannot fill up hotel rooms, airplanes, restaurants retroactively). Many businesses will NOT recover.
So the plan….
- GET ACCURATE TESTS IN THE HANDS OF EVERY AMERICAN (IF WE CAN GET A CHECK TO THEM, WE CAN GET A $10 TEST TO THEM)
- GET A MASK (AT LEAST A SURGICAL MASK BUT PREFERABLY A N95) IN EVERY AMERICAN’S HANDS
- SHIELD THE WEAK, THE VULNERABLE
- SEND THE STRONG TO THE FRONT LINES (BACK TO WORK) WHEN THEY ARE TESTED POSITIVE FOR IMMUNITY AND NEGATIVE FOR ACTIVE VIRUS. PUT A BRACELET ON THEM.
- MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING, STAY HOME (IF AT RISK OR POSSIBLE), TEST ANYONE THAT IS PLANNING ON TRAVELING ANYWHERE AND CONTINUE UNTIL HERD IMMUNITY OR A VACCINE.
- FAST TRACK A VACCINE IN A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE MANNER
- LET MEDICAL/PUBLIC HEALTH PERSONNEL RUN THE SHOW NOT POLITICIANS.
- DEVELOP PROVEN TREATMENT, DISCARD NON-PROVEN TREATMENTS WITH CENTRAL INFORMATION SHARING
- CENTRALIZE ALL DECISIONS. ALL PERIPHERAL DECISIONS TO EXIST AT A MINIMAL STANDARD OR ABOVE, NOT BELOW.