Should the United States enter a second lockdown? | The Tylt
The United States failed to control the initial outburst of the coronavirus during the first initial lockdown because many states reopened too early. This has allowed for the explosive growth of disease in a number of states and has raised the very real possibility that the United States may not be able to control the spread of COVID-19 at all.
Epidemiologists say all hope is not lost—in fact, some argue that whenever America chooses, it could take a series of actions that would bring the outbreak under control is roughly 6 to 8 weeks. Part of the danger of this virus is its ability to grow exponentially. The flip side to that danger is that it also decays exponentially. A lockdown combined with testing, tracing and isolation has been proven the world over to work, and work well. It's the only sure way we can achieve a level of normalcy that many other countries around the world has achieved. It's a matter of political will.
However, Republicans argue the economic devastation a lockdown would not be worth the lives it would save. Instead, they argue that life is full of risks and now dying from COVID-19 is another one of them. Instead of a lockdown, people should be allowed to live as they want and if they take actions that get themselves and others sick, so be it. According to the Republican viewpoint, individual liberty is more important than collective action to save lives.
Should the United States enter a second lockdown?