While I have a feeling it’s too soon to get our hopes up yet, there are reports trickling out indicating that both the death rate and the rate of new infections are flattening and possibly even decreasing in New York City. They’re not out of the woods yet to be sure, but the end of this nightmare may soon be visible on the horizon. And the Big Apple was (still is?) the biggest hotspot in the country with some of the highest population density imaginable. If they can pull out of this nosedive, anyplace should be able to, perhaps even sooner than predicted.
With that in mind, Karol Markowicz at the New York Post has a very important question for not just the Mayor, the Governor, and President Trump, but for all of us. Is there a plan for how we will start reopening businesses and allowing people to return to work when the coast is at least mostly clear? As she notes up front, this is still something of a taboo discussion. If you ask about restarting the economy you are shamed and accused of caring more about the stock market than people dying out there. But the fact is, we need a plan for how we slowly move back into gear and we need to be working on it now, not when the last dose of an eventual vaccine is administered. Markowicz is talking about New York City in particular, but this is a question that applies to the entire nation.
I’m no COVID-truther who thinks this is no big deal — it’s a very big deal. But looking ahead, figuring out a way to get people back to work has to be permitted. In fact, it’s essential.
It’s hard not to notice that many of the people shrieking and shaming are still employed. What about all the people who don’t have any money coming in for their families? We need to figure out the path back for them.
Businesses can’t open tomorrow or next week. But how do we get our city working again?
Must it be all or nothing? Can some businesses take proper precautions and reopen sooner than others?