How Much Suffering?
“Public health is not an ideology, religion, or political perspective—indeed, history demonstrates that whenever such forces interfere with or influence public health activities a general worsening of the populace’s well-being usually followed.” Betrayal of Trust, Laurie Garrett
Johns Hopkins prognostic model for the CDC projects 3000 daily deaths in the US by June 1. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projects 134,000 deaths with a margin of error giving a range of 95,000 to 243,000 deaths.
“Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes, but we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon.” Donald J. Trump
The coronavirus task force created to manage the federal government’s response to the pandemic could be disbanded within a month because “of the tremendous progress we’ve made as a country.” Mike Pence
“How much death and how much suffering are you willing to accept to get back to what you want to be some form of normality sooner rather than later?” Dr. Anthony Fauci