At some point, President Trump will have to have the courage to tell the doctors, ‘No.’
No one wants to hear it, but at some point the cure for the coronavirus will get worse than the disease itself
This is not an article in which I am going to question the wisdom and expertise of doctors in their own field. Although most epidemiologists admit that there are many things about COVID-19 that they currently don’t know, I take it as a given that what we do know about the disease is alarming and that it is potentially the worst public health threat in decades.
I also take their word that, in the absence of extraordinary measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, more people will die from the disease than otherwise would.
All of that having been said, there is going to come a time — perhaps very soon — where President Donald Trump is going to have to look these doctors in the eye and tell them, “No more,” for the sake of avoiding a worse catastrophe than the very worst predictions for the unchecked spread of the disease.
You know the old saw about doctors: They have knowledge that is a mile deep but a foot wide. This is an oversimplification in many cases, because doctors do tend to have above-average intelligence and usually have reasonably good awareness about some fields outside their expertise. However, they sometimes are prone to tunnel vision and overestimation of the importance of their own particular field in the grand scheme of the world.
So when they say that failure to continue social distancing indefinitely might cause severely negative consequences for the American health care system, we should take them seriously, and ignore their advice only in dire circumstances.
Unfortunately for us, one such dire circumstance is lurking around a corner, and that circumstance is the inevitable total collapse of the American and global economies if the current COVID-19-inspired social isolation continues.
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