Appyhawk wrote:"This virus just keeps affecting so much more than I could have imagined as each week passes by."
And it ain't over yet. Not by any stretch. We're all just going to have to understand we have to get serious about working together to get this thing suppressed or it never will be.
Seems like losing our football (let alone family members) would be incentive enough for ANYONE to take it seriously.
There isn't going to be a way to get the virus under control until a vaccine and/or cure is in place. That should be clear enough by now. Personally, I think it's a lot of talk over nothing. We have had viruses before, and we will have viruses again. This has happened over the course of history. This one in no different. We shut our economy down over nothing. Put millions of people out of work. Cost business owners to close their doors permanently. Added trillions to our country's debt. Paying people more to stay home than to work. Over what.
This is a political issue. That's all.
It's a policy issue. There's no way this can't be a "political issue".
Some people have decided to make it a partisan issue, and unless your post is not representative of the way you feel and act, you're with the group making it a partisan issue.
We are mostly "open" in most states. We could have stayed the same the whole time, but the economy still would have ended up in a bad state, and most of the businesses that are suffering and closed would have had the same fate. It doesn't matter how "open" we are, people aren't going to be going to movie theaters, bars, restaurants, and on vacation in high numbers. People are getting sick with long-term health impacts and sometimes dying (when we're at 2,000 deaths/day we've increased the daily death rate in the country from all causes by 30%; and we're headed back that direction). Even with an absence of any government intervention, a large chunk of people won't be going out because they won't want to take the risks.
Until we deal with the underlying health issue, the economy is going to be dragging, as it has across the globe. We could actually get to a fairly normal state by just wearing masks and not being up on top of each other, but some choice people have decided that should be a partisan issue as well, so basically we're screwed until we find a vaccine or we get almost everybody to pull their heads out of their butts.
And we could have a vaccine heavily distributed today, and we'd still be dealing with a massive economic hole we have to work to recover from because of everything that has happened across the globe. While we've done a spectacular job of having a terrible response to this, the damage was done many places and we don't operate in isolation.
I'm interested to see if the NFL even makes it two games. It seems like the new case rates in the states that were going up really fast seem to be getting lower, but the resulting hospitalization/death rates are lagging and the impact on public sentiment will be telling. Once the weather starts getting cooler, people who insist on not wearing masks or taking other precautions will spend more time indoors and probably make this much worse. Even if they get a few games into the season it can just sour fast.