I just cannot comprehend the thinking behind letting our guard down on COVID-19 when it is still spreading in the community. In NYC, the growth of infections in children should ring major alarm bells.
This is from Jennifer Jennings Twitter citing an American Academy of Pediatrics report:
I am really almost wishing I lived in Australia or New Zealand where they value each human life. One case of the UK variant of COVID-19 in Perth, Australia has put most of the population of Western Australia into a really hard lockdown this week. Schools there are extending summer vacation.
Over in New Zealand, we have repeatedly praised their get tough early approach because it works. They have lost 25 to COVID-19. Minnesota, a state with a comparable population size, as of today has had a tragic 6,270 COVID-19 deaths. Hard lockdowns done early and real travel bans save lives. Bullshit from leaders of both parties in the USA leads to misery. The excuse is we have to keep the economy going. Ours shrunk by 3.5% in 2020. New Zealand's grew.
From the Financial Times:
New Zealand’s economy has accelerated out of a coronavirus-induced recession to grow a record 14 per cent in the third quarter, reflecting authorities’ adept handling of the pandemic.
For the year, the latest numbers show their economy actually eked out an annual gain.
Some of us keep screaming to shut it down, subsidize everyone for the duration of any lockdown, vaccinate the population and then we could eliminate community spread so we could get back to some kind of normal. I was always led to believe we Americans were pragmatic people. If only that were still true. We could limit the damage from the new variants if we focused more on contolling the pandemic than on prematurely opening school buildings or indoor dining.