By Raymond Nava
Despite Governor Gavin Newsom’s good intentions in wanting to reopen the economy, his current plan would not be good in the long run.
Governor Newsom released his plan to reopen the California economy on Tuesday and said his framework for the dates for reopening the economy would be based on six different things.
These are expanding testing and isolating patients, maintaining vigilance to protect seniors and other high risk individuals.
Being able to meet future surgens in hospitals with vast amounts of protective gear help to continue to collaborate with academia on treatments and therapies
Redrawing current regulations to ensure continued physical social distancing at private schools and businesses will help develop new enforcement mechanisms to allow the state to pull back and reinstate stay-at-home orders.
Part of Newsom’s plan involves reopening schools, parks and some businesses.
The main issue with Governor Newsom’s plan is that it involves opening these places up despite the fact that we not only don’t have a vaccine but we don’t even have treatments for the symptoms of COVID-19, and that is a serious problem.
Newsom suggested that school officials should develop new protocols for how to deal with physical education and recess at school.
It would be a bad idea to send children back to school since there are still chances school children can catch the virus.
The virus doesn’t affect every individual the same way making consequences drastic since the virus currently cannot be at least treated.
If treatments did exist then opening schools back up would be fine.
If in the event someone contracted the virus, it could at least be treated, therefore the severity of the risks would be very low.
Some small businesses can reopen.
For example, businesses that don’t attract big numbers of people such as instrument stores.
These businesses can open up with the extra precautions such as adopting social distancing and keeping with the advised face covering options.
The difference between businesses like these and schools or other big businesses is that they don’t attract or hold big groups of people such as schools or malls.
Extra sanitary precautions would be easy to manage and the small size reduces the chances of someone getting infected.
We have heard outlandish takes from people such as Indiana Representative Trey Hollingsworth who said “It is policymakers’ decision to put on our big boy and big girl pants and say it is the lesser of these two evils.”
This is referring to the government stating lives are priority over the economy.
“It is not zero evil, but it is the lesser of these two evils and we intend to move forward that direction,” Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth says it’s better that we save the economy at the expense of people dying.
This suggestion is abhorrent.
It’s very understandable that Governor Newsom wants to get the California economy back on track as many people’s incomes come from these businesses that are closed.
But life has to always take priority over everything else.
The current social distancing and stay at home orders are working well enough right now in a time where we have no way of treating the virus symptoms.
Governor Newsom should hold off the ambitious parts of his plan, such as opening schools and parks, until treatments for the virus become available.
An economy can’t work for a person if that person is dead. Safety above all else.