Making a bad situation worse: The choice between the economy and lives is a false one - 2020-04-21

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F347.png Making a bad situation worse: The choice between the economy and lives is a false one April 21, 2020, Scott Pilutik, Underground Bunker

The choice between the economy and lives is a false one. Our collective internal risk calculus won't simply flip from 'unsafe' to 'safe' because a governor lifts a stay-at-home order.

Sure, some people will go to the movies or a bowling alley this weekend now that Georgia's governor gave the green light. But will enough people go that those venues are actually profiting? Probably not. And will enough people go to those venues to increase the likelihood of the spread of the virus? Assuredly. That is, it won't be so crowded at the bowing alley that it makes money, but it'll be crowded enough to increase the spread of the virus.

And when the hospitals and morgues start filling up as a result of your governor's negligence, people are going to be even more hesitant to break out the bowling shoes. "Reopening" too early is lose-lose because you increase deaths while prolonging economic recession.

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