Richard Myers | More Sense than Social Distancing

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Until last night I thought the best way to fight this virus was the stay-home, social distancing approach, but then I heard something that makes a lot more sense. Something that would not only better handle the virus but also get us off the road to economic ruin.

Dr. David Katz, founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, pointed out that “flattening the curve” is really just changing the “date” when things will happen. Only a vaccine would change that and a vaccine is likely a year or more away.

He emphasized that, while the deaths that have occurred, sad as they may be, represent only a half of 1% of all those who have contracted the virus, and furthermore that by and large those have been the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems.  Most people who get the virus survive. Survivors have antibodies, perhaps immunity.

So, let’s begin phase 2 by letting youngsters return to school and letting those at low risk return to work while at the same time protecting those at high risk.. 

Yes, there will undoubtedly be some young people who die from the virus, but young people die crossing the street. 

America and the world needs to let the survivors survive!

Richard Myers


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