There's a quote here from the end of my posting, followed by an editorial that has little if anything to do with the citation? Respectfully, rather than an ongoing litany of emotions run rampant, can you relate your ideas to the Matthew Effect or Pareto Lines in current economics that I did mention? Given your financial concerns this would provide an objective thought process and discussion.
Espousing derivations regarding health effects from merely two months of mandated social isolation is echoing more personal concern, and understandably, rather than evidence based community medicine. If anything the consumerism behaviors are more apparent during social lockdowns, since Amazon recorded an all time high in sales some 75 billion, yes billion, with 60% of that in America alone. Hardly an economic crisis wouldn't you say?
So our system is hardly in the financial dire straits just based on Amazon, eBay, and general auto sales alone. An idea the "world will starve is our system fails" is hardly the case. Made in America is an idea that died in the 60's, along with the steel and coal industries. This is finally beginning to effect big oil. Simply put, America is a consumer nation, and supplies little if anything apart from financial support to international economies. Read up on The Club of Rome, a social justice league from the 70's that broadcasted similar fears of world starvation and over population by the year 2000. They included the likes of Rockefellers, Morgenthau, and some 75 of the supposedly most brilliant philanthropists, scientists, and economists of the time. Obviously they were all quite wrong, and did not accurately account for epochs of technology advances since then.
It's quite self evident that America needs to, and is reopening. Any base or lay person would agree. Tension between my nursing optimism and pessimism often gets the best of me, but hope remains as the thinking gate keepers to healthcare we use hints and hedges from our history, rather than fall prey to current anxiety and fear which simply are byproducts of the unknown. And it's just that we should argue the most against, while protecting at risk populations. The idea that these people groups should simply fend for themselves with hygienic methodology such as face masks and hand washing is a bit preposterous. After all, without severely diluting the issue, failure to adhere to those menial tasks is what leads to pandemic events. Exposure therapy is well proven in clinical psychology, but should hardly be the technique applied to a novel virus, with however varying mortality rates. Would any right minded parent think to throw their child into the dark unknown, simply to overcome the fear faster?
Continuing to predicate our derivations in archetypical comparison traps by citing influenza trends or Great Depression similarities is misleading ideology. Keep in mind, COVID did in a few months what those historic issues took years to inflict. Look I'm not here to deflate anyone's position in the interest of pretention, and we all have the sovereign right to opinion. And were this issue a simple arithmetic equation there would be no discussion to be had either. Yet I do believe the APRN is in a unique role of separating good empiric science from existential fodder for ourselves, family, communities, if not now more than ever. Appreciate your efforts in fighting the good fight.