COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire across our nation.
That much is obvious.
The WHO stated today that America is trending as the new epicenter of the virus and we are about two days away from overtaking Italy in the total number of COVID-19 cases in our country.
Needless to say this is a dire situation.
Yet yesterday afternoon President Trump stated that he is looking to ease restrictions and re-open for business in the coming weeks.
No, you have not entered the twilight zone.
On the same day we added almost 9,000 new COVID-19 cases and 160 deaths, our president stated that he is looking to re-open our nation and send us all back out there as if nothing has happened.
Not long after the president’s press conference, John Hopkins Health Security Director tweeted that ending social distancing now could kill millions across our nation in the next year.
That is Millions, with a CAPITOL “M”.
Yet President Trump appears willing for that trade-off if it means better economic numbers during an election year.
So we need to ask ourselves, what is an American life worth?
Are we willing to sacrifice the lives 10,000 American citizens for an additional 1,000 points back on the stock market?
Is that a trade-off we are willing to accept?
Are we willing to sacrifice 20,000 American lives for 3% lower unemployment?
How about 1 million American lives for a booming market again?
What is the trade-off we are willing to make?
Based on all current models available, easing restrictions any time soon in America will result in an epic medical disaster, and one that will likely impact every single one of us in some way, shape or form.
So we need to ask ourselves, if we ease restrictions in a week, when your child is lying sick in the hospital, was it worth it for 1,000 points back on the market?
When your parents are on ventilators fighting for their lives, was it worth it for 3% lower unemployment rates?
And when we ourselves are fighting through this illness, which millions upon millions of us will if we re-open, perhaps suffering permanent damage to our lungs or a complete loss of our sense of smell and taste, was any of it worth it?
What is the cost of an American life, and what are we willing to sacrifice for money?
That is the key question we as a nation will need to ask ourselves in the coming days as our President attempts to drive the physical health of our nation right over a cliff for nothing more than money.