Would the U.S. have shut down the entire economy and ruined millions of Americans’ lives if we knew then what we know now?

The mixed messages that we’ve been getting from experts – not just on the numbers – but about masks, about how contagious the virus is, how it travels, and if locking ourselves up like this has truly been beneficial.

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  • 1 month ago
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    Although politicians now BS in every direction about this as the election draws near, the original "rationale" for all the so-called "safer at home" shutdowns that ruined the economy was NOT to "save lives," but rather to spread out the infections over time so that the ICUs would not be overwhelmed at the outset.  The same number of people are going to get sick and die as would have been the case had absolutely nothing been done in March; it's just that those illnesses will be spread out over a couple of years instead of a couple of months.  All the masks and shutdowns have done NOTHING to "stop the spread of the virus;" within a year, the virus will be all over the planet, except maybe places like Antarctica.  Might as well have taken the Swedish approach, for all the good the "safer at home" shutdowns will ultimately achieve.

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because this happened during an election year it probably would have been weaponized by both our major political parties regardless of what was known or not known. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It was done to keep people from killing each other.

    If you think back, you'll remember there were some violent outbursts over people standing too close to each other.

  • .
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, the wisdom of the people would be against it, but decision-making power is centralized and may have impure geopolitical motives.

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  • 1 month ago

    Friend do you honestly believe that if everybody in the United States had started to wear cloth masks on their face in January when the virus was just getting here and staying six to seven feet away from each other in public that the virus would not have spread? Consider the absolute inane hypocrisy that goes on here friend people wear their mask and stay six feet apart when people are looking at them! but as soon as they get home it's boyfriend and girlfriend as usual. Let's face the facts friend men and women are not keeping one boyfriend and one girlfriend they're sharing bodies between multiple partners. I don't care if every last person in the United States of America started wearing full hazmat suits January the 1st and scuba gear out in public.

    Because as soon as people get in private they take it all off and it's back to boyfriend and girlfriend it's back to passing around the marijuana pipe and the joint and the crack pipe and the crystal meth pipe. This is why the coronavirus is spreading in the United States like no other country this entire nation is playing a game with itself. At the cost of its own people's lives. It's exactly what's written in the Bible. They would not repent. You can play a game all day long and wear a mask in public and social distance in public but it means absolutely nothing when you get home and you get in private and you take off your mask and you take off your clothes and you start having sex with all the multiple partners that you know is going on in the United States of America and when you start passing around the joint and the crack pipe and the crystal meth pipe and the heroin needle. it's just not going to help you to wear a mask in public and social distance because when you get off in private you take off all the protection and go right back to doing what you shouldn't do

  • M
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Its crazy considering All of Asia dealt with this pandemic successfully producing small numbers of dead and infections and not shutting down its economy. By masks, tracing & tracking quartining. And what ruined America is no masks, just party like its 1999, really? 

  • 1 month ago

    Almost certainly we would have, and very likely we would have done it sooner and more thoroughly. This would have had pretty much the same economic impact it had, more or less, but we would have stopped the spread much more quickly, save lives, and would have been able to open back up earlier and more efficiently.

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