Is it time for the country to re-open for business?

Are we past the worst point of the coronavirus pandemic? Have we flattened the curve? We’d like to know what you think.

Our home state of Georgia will allow businesses to begin reopening in phases on Friday and into next Monday. Gyms, hair salons, barbershops, fitness centers, and massage-therapy centers will be allowed to reopen Friday as long as they follow social distancing and “regular sanitation.” (So like, when would you EVER want to go to a “massage-therapy center” that DIDN’T offer regular sanitation. But we digress…)

Next Monday, restaurants, private social clubs, and movie theaters can also open in Georgia.

So far, our state has recorded 18,947 positive cases and 733 deaths out of a total population of 10.6 million people. We don’t know how many of those positive cases are “asymptomatic,” but based on those numbers, the virus has a fatality rate of 3.7 percent – meaning 96.3 percent of people infected with coronavirus do not die.

But maybe that number is completely wrong……

Two new studies in California indicate the number of people who have already been exposed to the coronavirus may be as much as 50 to 85 times HIGHER than originally thought.

If the estimates are correct, that would mean the large majority of people who contract COVID-19 recover without ever knowing they even had it.

If undetected infections are that widespread, then the death rate from the virus could be less than two-tenths of a percent, making the virus far less lethal than we are being told. But where do we find the truth?

Just for reference, let’s compare those COVID-19 estimates to seasonal flu. The CDC estimates possibly as many as 62,000 people have died JUST FROM THE FLU from Oct. 2019 to Apr. 4, 2020. (there have been about 43,000 from COVID-19 so far). The CDC estimates somewhere between 39,000,000 million to 56,000,000 have been infected by just the seasonal flu during that time.

Taking the highest number of deaths to the lowest number of infections, we get a fatality rate of less than two-tenths of a percent.

So, back to the original question: is it time for the country to re-open for business and do you think it’s safe enough? Are we being fed correct information?

Anyways…always check it before you eat it.

#KeepAmericaInformed #AMPPMask

6 Responses

  1. B P

    The economy is nothing without safe working conditions. The reasoning behind postponing action regarding covid-19 was to protect the economy. It had the opposite effect. Can’t keep making the same mistakes and expect different outcomes. Time to see the forest and stop looking at the trees.

    Reply
  2. Bethany

    I don’t know the perfect answer but I do know there are a lot of people hurting fincially. We need to get back to work. We need income. Who knows when all of this virus stuff will end but we can’t wait for the last one to get well to start working again. Be smart, use common sense, and get back to work.

    Reply
  3. Susan

    Retired AK nurse perspective: I believe the California story. Have been following this thing since late Jan (as I was/did go to Israel mid Feb). …..open it up. And, sure as heck would like to find who will do an actual antibody test. The chatter saying “those not valid”, I don’t believe. We do antibody testing for lots of immunizations. Is it perfect? No, but……time to be done.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.