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Scoot: Does politics drive the 2 approaches to the COVID-19 crisis?

March 24, 2020 - 12:59 pm

There are two drastically different attitudes about the coronavirus crisis:

  1. Stay-at-home orders and social distancing are the best way to slow the spread.
  2. America’s economy is more important than the threat of coronavirus.

During his news conference yesterday, President Trump said that “closing the country could cause more problems than treating the problem” and the “cure can’t be worse than the problem.”

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who turns 70 next week, said that he is willing to risk his life and reject staying at home to revive America’s economy. “My message is that let’s get back to work, let’s get back to living. Let’s be smart about it and those of us who are 70+, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.”

Risking contracting coronavirus to get America’s economy back on track is contrasted by many leaders and medical experts that staying home, not going to work and respecting social distancing is the only way to slow the spread of the deadly disease.

President Trump entertained the idea of ordering Americans back to work in two weeks - defying the conventional wisdom that suggests that could lead to the death of millions of Americans.

Once again politics steers the debate. The general idea of forgetting about the threat of coronavirus and getting back to a normal work schedule is coming from the President and a Republican Lt. Gov - while the warning to stay isolated comes from NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and others that are not aligned with the right.

Your attitude and the decisions you make for you and your family should be based on your interpretation of the facts and the projections and not politics.

Will you allow politics to determine your decision of how you navigate through the crisis?


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