The biggest debate going on right now is when to reopen the American economy.
Some (like many state and local leaders) want to play it safe and wait. But others believe we are past the point of waiting.
Ben Carson, HUD secretary and former neurosurgeon, just stepped in and made his professional opinion clear.
From Daily Wire:
Ben Carson exuded confidence that the economy would return to health, asserting that the U.S. shouldn’t wait “until every vestige of the virus is gone” to reopen the economy. He also surmised about the millions of jobs that have been lost due to the effects of the coronavirus, “They won’t come back immediately, but they will spring back a lot faster than one might imagine.”
Carson signaled a quick reopening of the country, saying we can’t wait until every “vestige of the virus is gone.”
He also said that many of the lost jobs will come back, “faster” than people expect.
His words are significant because as a medical professional, he seems to be breaking from most other doctors.
Many health experts are urging a prolonged shutdown. Some have even suggested a nationwide travel ban (which has not been implemented).
That’s because they are more concerned with limiting the toll this disease might have on hospitals.
They are not one bit worried about the economy, which is in freefall.
But an economic decline will turn into a medical crisis—as millions of Americans suffer harm from lost income.
What’s better: an agonizing shutdown that leads to many unrelated deaths or a reopening with steps to limit infection?
Carson seems to know the answer. Even understanding the risks of COVID-19, he is stressing Americans get back to work.
After all, we are not a nation of idiots. We know the risks (and who is at highest risk) and we can take measures to stay healthy.
(We’ve been doing that for months, now.)
It might be months—maybe a year—before there is “zero” trace of the virus. But we’ve already seen improvements, even in New York.
Why can’t we both have a strong economy and measures to prevent infections?
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Source: Daily Wire