On every single thread about COVID 19 there are those arguing for extended lockdown, and sometimes very extreme extended lockdown. Often, they will
say until there is a vaccine, which may be 2 years.
Also on ATS are many threads that ague there may never be a vaccine for COVID 19. Some people argue that the lockdown must go until the last person
infected is well.
Some people are calling for a national mandatory lockdown for the entire nation until there is an effective treatment. That will take months to find
and with 330 million people just in the US, a year or more to produce enough of the medication.
We have had evidence on our grocery shelves the harm lockdown is doing to the food supply. Wide swaths of shelves are empty and the number of empty
shelves is growing slowly week by week. This doesn't seem to be enough evidence for many that extending lockdown every 2 weeks with out a seeming end
in sight is directly contributing to eventual mass starvation.
Now the world has awakened:
Sen. John Kennedy called on the U.S. economy to gradually open back up in an interview Wednesday evening, warning that global markets could "collapse"
if America doesn't get back to business soon.
In Africa, millions will starve if the global economy enters a protracted downturn.
Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could have lethal consequences:
Suppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot of elderly people. Policy B would result
in the death of a lot of children, especially infants. Which would you choose?
Right now we are facing a choice between more or less drastic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, a virus which, at time of writing, has yet to
claim a life under 10, and claims very few lives under 30, with the risk rising exponentially with age. We are putting in place measures that will
lead to malnutrition and starvation for millions of people, and for these horrors, children and especially infants are the most at risk.
I am so sad that many many on ATS don't care at all about mass starvation looming if the lockdown keeps being extended.
Certainly many on ATS don't care about the human toll:
More people in TN have committed suicide than died of COVID 19
There is a clear enormous rise of suicide
There is a clear huge rise in child abuse, but I have had ATSer's say it is ok, because I'm not dying from the virus, nor are my friends
There is a clear rise in domestic abuse, just this week a man shot his son because the son left the house during the lockdown
There is a clear rise in substance abuse, drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, but many say that is so worth it to keep me from getting COVID 19
There is a clear rise in mental health problems
When people say something is "worth it" to stop the spread, it REALLY means, to keep me safe, and that is very very clear
Is mass starvation that we can see slowly coming from just looking at our grocery shelves also worth it?
Is complete and total economic collapse worldwide that will make the Great Depression look like the Roaring 20's? Many on ATS have actually said yes
it is worth it.
At what point is it not worth it?
How many deaths from unintended consequences of lockdowns are acceptable and make it worth it?
How many looming deaths from poverty due to the loss of jobs for over 30% of the population are worth it?
How many looming deaths worldwide due to world economic collapse and starvation worth it?
I assure you there will be people who will argue that all these consequences are worth it and I wonder if they are trolls, or so self-centered
they don't care about anyone but themselves, or are rooting for a total collapse of the entire world out of a perverse desire for ......
Before you have the usual ATS fit: I'm ok with social distance recommendations, with mask recommendations, even extending masks as a requirement
indoors in work places and stores/etc,; I'm not ok with shutting businesses with no end in sight at the whim of people like Gov. Whitmer; I'm not ok
with draconian and prison like home lockdown that keeps people from working and shutters the economy.
Did any of you realize that the government runs on tax money coming in:
No business running, no tax income
No income tax coming in, no tax income
The US already has no money left at all on its money tree (federal reserve)
The US is currently running almost entirely on loans they have taken from other countries
With people rooting to shut down business and keep people at home, they are rooting for the bankruptcy of their state,
they are rooting for the bankruptcy of the Federal government.
Soon, very soon, if the lockdowns keep going another 2 weeks, another 2 weeks,
another 2 weeks with no end in sight,
the Federal government will go bankrupt and there will be no money for stimulus,
no money for food stamps,
no money for social security,
no money for medicare or medicaid, no money for welfare.
The nation WILL go broke if the lockdowns keep going and going like the energizer bunny.
But heh, it's worth it, I won't catch the virus and neither will you!
Governors are already screaming that the Federal government can't give them
all financial aid because they are so close to going broke.
Because we are running out of money due to lack of taxes, or I should say
running out of countries willing to loan the US more money.
edit on 4/24/20 by The2Billies because: grammar addition