I want to pretend for a few minutes that the current coronavirus pandemic is real. I don’t believe this to be the case. Still, for the purpose of this article, I will temporarily suspend my conspiratorial views and agree with the world health experts. Don’t worry, I have not lost my mind; I assure you there’s a purpose behind this exercise. Everything will become crystal clear for readers by the time they finish reading this post.
As of this writing, there have been 14,315 cases reported in the United States. There are 13, 976 active cases and 13,912 are labeled as mild. The remaining 64 cases are considered serious or critical. This means that 99.54 percent of the cases are mild, and patients will likely make a full recovery in approximately one week.
Mild means a person might experience sniffles, a runny nose, minor congestion, coughing, and perhaps a lowgrade fever.
Serious means a person might need to be hospitalized and have healthcare professionals assist them back to a proper state of health.
327 million people are living in America. Less than 15,000 people have been affected by Covid-19. Granted, the case numbers will continue to increase because more people are regularly being tested. But the numbers trickling in are minuscule when compared to the figures we routinely see in yearly influenza cases.
Why would our government leaders, for all intents and purposes, risk the country’s economic future and prosperity over a viral pandemic that is clearly a minor inconvenience for 99.54 percent of the population?
Even if Covid-19 is a legitimate virus sweeping across the continental USA, it’s not that big of a deal from a statistical standpoint. Currently, there are no vaccines for this illness (Thank God), and the only treatment for viral infections is for people to rest and recover. The human immune system will defeat the coronavirus speedily if left alone, and it’s not suppressed by a plethora of over-the-counter drugs.
If people are locked down, unable to work, and have to maintain social distancing for any lengthy periods, the American and world economies will be destroyed. We’re talking about catastrophic consequences that cannot and will not be repaired in a few weeks, months, or years.
Am I missing something here?
This is a no-brainer from a managerial perspective. You run the country like business as usual. You don’t shut it down and let the economy implode. If people become infected, then so be it. They’ll recover in a week or two at the most. So what, you have a fever and chills for a couple of days. We already can see from other locations in the world and in our own United States that this virus is not a big deal for 99.54 percent of those infected.
This is what makes my conspiratorial mind light up. Something smells rotten in the refrigerator.