That’s What Fauci Said

On one hand, you have the spiraling economy that has left millions jobless, Main Street in shambles, and record levels of anxiety about the future. On the other hand, you have reopening states that are clearly unready to reopen, and early numbers indicating that “the people who are getting sick right now are generally people who are working.” But maybe these two issues are both the same hand (one that needs to be washed several times a day). Pitting the economy vs health is a false choice. As Anthony Fauci testified today, if states open too early or without following proper guidelines, “There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control. [That would] paradoxically set you back, not only leading to some suffering and death that could be avoided, but could even set you back on the road to trying to get economic recovery.” In other words, premature acceleration will leave everyone unsatisfied. Recklessly reopening will be harmful to your health—and your bank account. When someone asks, Your Money or Your Life, answer both. When it comes to this pandemic, the two go hand in hand.

+ The NYT’s excellent Donald G. McNeil Jr: As States Rush to Reopen, Scientists Fear a Coronavirus Comeback. “Having 50 states and more territories do competing and uncoordinated experiments in reopening is ‘daring Mother Nature to kill you or someone you love,’ Dr. Frieden said. ‘Mother Nature bats last, and she bats a thousand.'” (True, but did we really need to mention bats…)

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