Despite a growing list of medicinal and legislative efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, we won’t see any reliable evidence of recovery for several more months to come.
Delayed relief response is due to mass immobility on our end and unrivaled rapidity on behalf of The SARS-Cov-2 virus.
To mitigate viral outbreaks and prevent the total destruction of our global economy, communities have been placed on ice while a select group composed of law makers, academicians and medical experts attempt to draft incremental plans of attack against a pathogen that has demonstrated a wide range of symptoms and effectiveness between populations.
Thankfully, countermeasures have yielded encouraging results. If officials keep enforcing social distancing policies and if contact tracing picks up the pace just a little, experts can begin formulating a return to normalcy.
Singapore, Hong Kong, and Harbin China, have taught us that ending shelter in place mandates prematurely ends with aggressive second waves of SARS-Cov-2 transmission. These case studies appeared weeks before the news that some states in the U.S were already planning to end consumer curfews before May.
“If they open up, they can go back into exponential (coronavirus infection) growth and compete with New York on that basis,” Microsoft founder, Bill Gates said in a release this past Sunday. “We need to put in place a very dense testing regime so you would detect that rebound going back into exponential growth very quickly and not wait for the ICUs to fill up and there to be a lot of deaths. If you see the hot spot, you kind of understand the activities causing that.
“The Trump administration has estimated a vaccine is 12 to 18 months away, though some leaders in the field say that timeline could be too fast. It’s very hard to compress these timeframes.”
In the last decade Gates has become as renowned for his infectious disease research as he is for his status as a software magnate—though this newfound fame is not without its liabilities.
Any input motioned by the developer is soon after challenged with illusions to his globalist agenda; with some going so far as to suggest he himself is responsible for SARS-Cov-2 and is secretly hoping to capitalize on a yet to be developed vaccine.
There have been enough confirmed collisions this year alone to permit suspicion in regards to the performative nature of our nation’s COVID-19 response, but in this instance, data driven research favors Gates’.
Economists and virologists have come to the same conclusion: If we don’t remain cautious until the pandemic is categorically neutralized every facet of life will pay the costs in the ensuing years.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the leading official from The White House coronavirus task force, said that the U.S is currently conducting about 1.5 million to 2 million COVID-19 tests a week, though he wishes to more than double that number in the weeks ahead.
“Sadly, the disease got into exponential growth in a lot of Europe and the United States. So the toll there is greater than I would have expected. We’re still learning about how to do testing. In the US, even the numbers overstate where we are because we’re not prioritizing the right people, we’re not getting results back in a timely fashion. So it’s been a mixed bag. The fact that social isolation really knocks the numbers down — that’s good news. But, of course, that comes at an incredible price,” Gates explained in a separate report.
Since Georgia began easing social distancing and reopening commercial establishments, the 1,282 COVID-19 cases reported Friday evening jumped to 23,773 by Monday afternoon, with 43 additional deaths on route to reach 942, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Other affected counties experienced case increases in that same window: Richmond County had 369 cases, up from 353; Columbia County had 145, up from 137; Burke County had 77, up from 71, and McDuffie County jumped to 43 from 39.
The differences may seem subtle but remember, the goal is to suppress the COVID-19 growth curve as soon as possible not maintain it for as long as possible. Case numbers that remain the same per day or increase fractionally are not determinative of effective protective measures in and of themselves.
The collective number of reported coronavirus cases in the United States is nearing one million, and over 54,000 Americans have died.
It is both possible and advantageous for certain pockets of the economy to operate again before the development of a SARS-Cov-2 vaccine but we have to assess the value of these sectors with more than just profit in mind.
Schools, manufacturing, and construction industries are integral to infrastructure. They secure our worth in the global market. There need to be amendments made to how we facilitate the workers and students who participate in each—no question but the institutions themselves need to be protected first and foremost.
“What we don’t know is, (if) we go slightly back to normal, which activities create the risk of a rebound?” Gates continued. “The inequality has gotten greater in education, so if we can figure out how to do K through 12 in the fall, that would be good. I even think if we’re creative about it and things have gone well, we’ll be able to do college.”
Ultimately, increased diagnostic testing and improved contact tracing will determine when then green light can flash for every sector within the United States.