Actually the exact same protests we're seeing today were around in 1918 - there were literally "Anti-mask league" protests from people all over for reasons like "the masks don't work" or "they're infringing my civil liberties" (the same reasons we're seeing today, for the most part). Our medicines today help people from dying, not from getting sick in the first place.
We've had ~1.2% of the state confirmed contract it with basically everything outside of essentials operating remotely or under restrictions (11,900/1,000,000). Even with that, we're still averaging over 1000 new cases per day. There have been only 2 days since the end of March with fewer than 1000 new confirmed cases (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavir ... achusetts/
). There have only been 2 days in the past month with fewer than 100 deaths. The past 2 days were the 5th and 6th highest confirmed death totals since the start of it here.
Should we stay shut down forever? No. But there's nothing about anything we're seeing here right now that says we should be anything but extremely cautious when starting to loosen the restrictions. This isn't "moving the goalposts" for the sake of making things take longer. It's a brand new virus and things are being changed as we learn more about it. And no, flattening the curve doesn't mean the same deaths over a longer period. It potentially
means the same case count over a longer period, but the result would be fewer
deaths (literally the exact reason for it) because each patient would get better care. It could also result in fewer cases depending on when a vaccine is actually made available. OR, if you do it effective enough (like in Taiwan or New Zealand) it could result in next to no cases at all.
Also: the economy isn't closed. Yeah, 15% unemployment is massive. But that also means 85% of people who should be in the workforce are still employed. Even if you want to say it's 25% unemployment, it's still 75% employed. We need to make sure that those 15-25% of the people who are currently unemployed get by. Temporarily approving emergency unemployment funds and actions could cover that if we're willing to do that (to this point, not so much)
You're not in a box. You can go outside - just wear a mask. You can get takeout food. You can go for a run, ride a bike, go hiking. All kinds of things. You're just being asked to be extra cautious about it. Kids are home, that's certainly different. But that needed to happen since kids are some of the fastest virus spreaders on the planet (and with most of them showing next to no symptoms, it would be nearly impossible to do any sort of contact tracing - it would just result in their relatives getting sick and dying and the occasional child coming down with the weird Kawasaki Syndrome symptoms). I now am working from home full time - definitely an adjustment. I'm lucky enough to have space for it. Even if I didn't, I work in Boston and would need to take public transit (stupidly risky) to get to the office. A friend of mine in her late 20s who was extremely healthy before had to go into the ICU for COVID. This was 8 weeks ago. She's at home now and no longer has the cirus but still hasn't fully recovered and only has enough energy to do half days of work sometimes
. She does represent a small percent of what can happen, sure. But it can happen.