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Would you support closing the United States again to stop a second outbreak?

The United States is facing an upswing in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in several states, largely tied to early reopening efforts in places like Arizona, Texas, and at least seven other states. While the first outbreak was limited to urban areas, this burgeoning second outbreak has reached rural counties and is deeply impacting workplaces like meatpacking facilities, food processing facilities, prison, and nursing homes. Despite these numbers, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says "we can't shut down the economy again." However, shutting down the economy may be inevitable as case counts, and inevitably death counts, surge once more. This is the exact scenario public health experts warned about weeks ago.

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Mnuchin is arguing that the closures did more damage the disease—but it is difficult to rationalize that argument when more than 100,000 Americans have unnecessarily died. In some conservative's eyes, however, the potential damage of an economic slowdown is much worse than Americans dying. Closures delay medical treatments, dental treatments, and many other things that would affect quality of life. From this perspective, it is better for the United States to mitigate and adapt rather than try to save as many lives as possible. However, the response from the government so far does not suggest that they are up to the task—the Trump administration's botched response to the first outbreak is why we are facing a second outbreak, to begin with. 

Here's how Axios characterizes Mnuchin's position:

What he's saying: “We can’t shut down the economy again. I think we’ve learned that if you shut down the economy, you’re going to create more damage,” Mnuchin told Jim Cramer on “Squawk on the Street.”
“And not just economic damage, but there are other areas and we’ve talked about this: medical problems and everything else that get put on hold. I think it was very prudent what the president did, but I think we’ve learned a lot.”
“We have the Fed program, we have Main Street [lending program], which is going to be now up and running, and we’re prepared to go back to Congress for more money to support the American worker. So we’re going to get everybody back to work. That’s my No. 1 job working with the president and we’re going to do that.”
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Some areas, typically Republican strongholds, saw vocal opposition to the first stay at home order. For these people, it's unlike that they'll follow a second.

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Public health experts warn that repeated closures are inevitable—until there's a vaccine, the most likely scenario we will face is a series of openings and closings that become increasingly more fine-tuned as we learn more about how the new coronavirus works inside and outside our bodies. Back in May, Dr. Anthony Fauci told the New York Times:

If economic interests were allowed to override public health concerns, Dr. Fauci warned, “there is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control.” That could result not only in “some suffering and death that could be avoided,” he said, “but could even set you back on the road to trying to get economic recovery.”

While there has been a vocal minority opposing stay at home orders, polls found that a majority of Americans actually support sheltering in place in order to save lives. 

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