Lockdown to Oblivion
Will get MS for this, but I need some perspective to stay sane rn. We locked down in March for two weeks so as not to overwhelm our ICUs and protect our medical workers from suffering the same fate as Italy did. It was nearly guaranteed that in the summer, once the warm weather rolled around, contamination rates will drop and lead to less transmission and thus work places/schools can open up for the fall. Now, we're locking down every time there's a spike to protect that incremental life that might be lost if we don't. Is this still sensible given that the US has been on a quarantined/lockdown state for 6 months now and all other countries who saw an initial spike in March are basically back to business as usual while advising those most vulnerable to stay home and those less vulnerable to take precautions when going to work, etc...? I guess my question is, will we keep oscillating from lock down to semi-opened up to lock down to semi-opened up until the vaccine is developed in 2022/herd immunity reaches 70-90% of our population?