Multi-Billionaire and tech-egotist, Elon Musk is currently under fire for tweeting “FREE AMERICA NOW” early Tuesday morning in response to social distancing measures enforced to suppress COVID-19’s exponential growth curve.
Musk belongs to a restless class of thought-leaders determined to reopen commercial markets in defiance of warnings motioned by elected officials, virologists, epidemiologists, economists, data-driven research, anecdotes and an episode of The Simpsons from 1993.
Despite the circumstances, now is the time to privilege a cynical appreciation of our world leaders. I admit it’s a difficult task considering most of them are saying what we want to hear.
“Go to the polls,” “go back to work” and “go buy my thing” all sound more and more like “it’s safe, go outside,” as summer approaches.
According to a new survey commissioned by Kelton Global of 1,895 U.S. citizens over the age of 18, 100% of Americans say they’ll “snap if stay-at-home orders last longer than six months,” and 25% are already nearing their breaking point.
This impatience is primarily fueled by loneliness, fraught interactions between roommates and loved ones, and constant anxiety.
“Our findings highlight the increasingly serious implications of stay-at-home orders, and put some urgency on the actions of politicians and organizations who try to manage the COVID-19 fallout,” said Kelton Global’s Chief Insights Officer Dr. Martin Eichholz in a release.
It should be no surprise that younger populations were found to be the most affected by the shelter in place mandates-even though independent research suggests that they’re the most faithful to them.
Fifty-nine percent of the Gen Zers polled in the new report said another four weeks is all it will take for them to lose their minds, and 80% said that they have the emotional capacity for two months of lockdown at best.
Americans under the age of 45 were 35% more likely to lament extended consumer curfews compared to the older respondents polled.
Twenty-nine percent of women had already reached their breaking point last week, versus 20% of men and 35% of those between the ages of 18 and 24, versus 22% among those under the age of 45, are currently losing it.
Thirty-nine percent of the study pool is experiencing financial difficulties and 17% described their financial situation as “comfortable.”
For some, coronavirus anxiety was more crippling than it was aggravating. Sixty-nine percent of the participants surveyed said that they are “extremely worried” about flying on an airplane again, taking a cruise (76%), eating out at a restaurant (62%), or using a ride-sharing service like Lyft or Uber (58%).
A sizable portion of this majority said that they will remain terrified of traveling even after lawmakers have lifted the shelter in place legislation.
More seriously, an additional 50% are uneasy about seeking medical intervention for non-coronavirus related emergencies.
The anti-quarantine movement gained a lot of momentum in the last few weeks. Its supporters see social restrictions as breaches of human rights.
Across the country, mobs are forming, touting picket signs that read: “Freedom over fear,” and “Shutdown the shutdown.”
Meanwhile, citizens who are adhering to isolation measures are drinking more than ever to shrug off a persisting pinch of madness.
There can never be a solution to a catastrophe with as much range as The COVID-19 pandemic that will please everyone, but the one sure to demoralize everyone happens to be the best road forward.
A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal aimed to identify the drivers of SARS-CoV-2 transmission by analyzing confirmed cases recorded between January 14 and February 12, 2020, in Shenzhen, China.
The paper revealed that contact tracing compressed the time it took for new cases to be detected by two days and reduced the time it took to place infected individuals under quarantine in that same window.
Moreover, isolation tactics dramatically reduced the number of infections, and the time locals were infectious in a community in just one month.
“The experience of COVID-19 in the city of Shenzhen may demonstrate the huge scale of testing and contact tracing that’s needed to reduce the virus spreading,” explained Dr. Ting Ma from the Harbin Institute of Technology at Shenzhen, China, in a press release. “Some of the strict control measures enforced here, such as isolating people outside their homes, might be unlikely to be replicated elsewhere, but we urge governments to consider our findings in the global response to COVID-19. To achieve similar results, other countries might be able to combine near-universal testing and intensive contact tracing with social distancing and partial lockdowns. Although no lockdown measures were introduced in Shenzhen until the end of our study period, Wuhan’s lockdown could have significantly restricted the spread of coronavirus to Shenzhen.”
Because of social distancing case numbers are heading in the right direction in The United States as well. Medicine isn’t supposed to taste good, it’s supposed to yield results.
Georgia began reopening commercial establishments and transmissions and hospitalizations increased as quickly as one week as a result. Singapore, Hong Kong, and Harbin, China, experienced a similar outcome
It becomes increasingly difficult to resist the temptation to triage health guidelines the longer quarantine continues. Of course, the fact that our leaders themselves pick and choose academic recommendations à la carte only strengthens this temptation. SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t discriminate based on class or status, which means no one has the luxury to keep two sets of books.
Researchers have been very clear about what qualifies as a valid excuse to leave your home: Clinical consultation, nutritional needs, and essential work (pharmacy employees, workers who provide security or food services to critical populations and mass transit and airport workers).
Schools, manufacturing, and construction industries have a hope of daylight before a shortlist of targeted immunogens and antigens are developed but the timeline is difficult to predict.
The uncertainty that accompanies the COVID-19 pandemic demands leadership from those with platforms.
SARS-CoV-2 will almost certainly evidence multiple waves and medical austerity is the only way to mitigate the carnage that will follow.
“While there are massive societal costs from the current shelter-in-place restrictions, I worry that reopening certain places too quickly before infection rates have been reduced to very minimal levels will almost guarantee future outbreaks and worsen longer-term health and economic outcomes,” Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said in a recent media release.
The anti-social distancing protesters invigorated by simpering stump-speeches from globalist shills who have everything to gain from a lighter herd are only prolonging the height of the worst pandemic since 1918.