Saturday, August 8, 2020

Here’s How to Crush the Virus Until Vaccines Arrive

To save lives, and save the economy, we need another lockdown.

By Michael T. Osterholm and Neel Kashkari
Dr. Osterholm is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Kashkari is president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Steve Keen has been advocating this for months, but to eliminate covid-19 within 6 to 8 weeks. 

In just weeks we could almost stop the viral fire that has swept across this country over the past six months and continues to rage out of control. It will require sacrifice but save many thousands of lives.

We believe the choice is clear. We can continue to allow the coronavirus to spread rapidly throughout the country or we can commit to a more restrictive lockdown, state by state, for up to six weeks to crush the spread of the virus to less than one new case per 100,000 people per day.

That’s the point at which we will be able to limit the increase in new cases through aggressive public health measures, just as other countries have done. But we’re a long way from there right now.

The imperative for this is clear because as a nation what we have done so far hasn’t worked. Some 160,000 people have died, and in recent days, roughly a thousand have died a day. An estimated 30 million Americans are collecting unemployment.

New York Times 


Peter Pan said...

Must want to be rid of Trump real bad...

Matt Franko said...

Kashkari also thinks that personal savings makes us able to issue the bonds...,

NeilW said...

Another one of those "things would be so much better if everybody did as they were told" ideas.

How are you going to force people to comply when increasing numbers of people are seeing "cry wolf"?

The desperate nature of these articles suggests they really, really want to see a Second Wave(tm) in Sweden soon.

Given they are completely wrong about the "financing the intervention", what else are they wrong about?

Peter Pan said...

Life is short...