As noted, the survival rate of COVID-19 in United States is over 94%. Now for the implication of this data point with regard to our government’s choice of course – an onerous and heavily damaging lockdown. The lockdown had one goal – to ensure that hospitals are not overwhelmed. That was accomplished weeks ago, in part, due to overstated projections and in part, to the credit of actions taken by state and federal officials.
The lockdown should have ended then, everywhere, but inexplicably and indefensibly did not. It has massive, negative, short and long term ramifications for the public’s health, physical and mental; for our healthcare system; for our education systems at all levels; for our economy.
On the global level, a new analysis via the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research has just been released that the effects of the lockdown will be nothing less than catastrophic, including deaths that will far exceed fatalities from the disease itself.
Experts warn that deaths from secondary impacts – poverty, hunger, diseases, and violence exacerbated by the pandemic – may dwarf the number of those who die of the coronavirus itself.
Back here in Rhode Island, state officials have said that their decisions with regard to COVID-19 will “focus on facts and science.” We will pass lightly over the questions and implications surrounding this for the moment and simply point out that the facts call clearly for the lockdown to end immediately and completely, with no curb on crowd size or reduction in coded building capacity and with reasonable mitigation measures and vulnerable populations self-isolating if they choose. To do otherwise is to willfully disregard clear data and dire warnings from highly respected institutions.