By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) Americans are concerned about the continuing spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, without question, and for good reason.
However, as more states lock down their citizens in response, there is also a growing concern that they may have taken measures far too drastic for the situation at hand.
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As we noted Sunday, the problem with the lockdowns is that many include orders for “non-essential” businesses to close for ‘indefinite’ periods, leaving millions of workers in major limbo:
What has to happen before the lockdown orders will be rescinded? A downward trend in infection rates? Or will the orders remain in effect until there areÂ noÂ new infections â€” because as long as even one American is infected, there is a danger thatÂ othersÂ will become infected tooâ€¦right?
Americans will go along with these orders for a while, but not â€œindefinitely.â€ While most people understand the intent behind the lockdowns, they still have to make a living and they wonâ€™t tolerate being slowly starved to death by governors and elected legislatures that are still getting paid and still eating.
We need to know, governors, what the coronavirus lock-down order end-game is here. The sooner the better.
Now, it seems, President Donald Trump has similar concerns. Leave it to the nation’s businessman-in-chief to be more concerned about workers than Democrats who are currently holding up virus relief bills so they can score cheap political points with their constituents.
As Fox News reports:
President TrumpÂ tweeted Sunday that his administration will reassess its response to the coronavirus outbreak at the end of the 15-day period that calls on Americans to limit their normal behaviors in an effort to slow theÂ spread of the virus.
Businesses across the U.S. have been turned on their heads as federal, state and local governments called forÂ drastic measures to block more infections. Stocks on Wall StreetÂ plungedÂ to their worst losses in more than three decades.
The president noted in a late Sunday tweet that the response to the virus — the “cure” — can’t be worse than the disease itself, which is still spreading but is not even close (yet) to reaping the medical holocaust lunatics like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio claim is coming.
WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
That appears to indicate the president is well aware of the socially and economically toxic effect of perpetual lockdowns and deprivation of income to millions of Americans.
To refresh, the president issued his plan, “15 Days to Slow the Spread” exactly a week ago. It called for:
- Listen to and follow the directions of yourÂ state and local authorities.
- If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
- If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
- If someone in your householdÂ has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
- If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
- If you are a person with aÂ serious underlying health conditionâ€”such as a significant heart or lung problemâ€”stay home and away from other people.
â€œI know I speak on behalf of the PresidentÂ and our entire team when I say how grateful we are for governors all across the country and the seamless partnership that we have forged with them and with state health officials,â€ Vice President Mike Pence said ahead of the president’s announcement.
â€œWe also want to express great appreciation to the American people. Not surprisingly, it is inspiring to see the way tens of millions of Americans are responding with compassion [and] with common sense.â€
Yes, common sense.
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