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Jul 242020
 

Medical experts and others sign letter urging country to shut down today

(https://uspirg.org/resources/usp/shut-it-down-start-over-do-it-right; obtained on 7-24-2020). It began the following way :

“RESOURCE

SHUT IT DOWN, START OVER, DO IT RIGHT

An open letter to America’s decision makers, on behalf of health professionals across the country.Last updated: 7/24/2020DOWNLOAD THE LETTER

** This is an open letter to America’s decision makers, on behalf of health professionals across the country. We’ll update the list regularly with signatures. If you’re a health professional and want to add your name, you can do so here

Dear decision makers,

Hit the reset button.

Of all the nations in the world, we’ve had the most deaths from COVID-19. At the same time, we’re in the midst of “reopening our economy,” exposing more and more people to coronavirus and watching numbers of cases — and deaths — skyrocket.

In March, people went home and stayed there for weeks, to keep themselves and their neighbors safe. You didn’t use the time to set us up to defeat the virus. And then you started to reopen anyway, and too quickly.

Right now we are on a path to lose more than 200,000 American lives by November 1st. Yet, in many states people can drink in bars, get a haircut, eat inside a restaurant, get a tattoo, get a massage, and do myriad other normal, pleasant, but non-essential activities.

Get our priorities straight.

More than 117,000 Americans had died of COVID-19 by mid-June. If our response had been as effective as Germany’s, estimates show that we would have had only 36,000 COVID-19 deaths in that period in the United States. If our response had been as effective as South Korea, Australia, or Singapore’s, fewer than 2,000 Americans would have died. We could have prevented 99% of those COVID-19 deaths. But we didn’t.”

Louis DeCola, Jr.  © 2020                                    The Hygiology Post ®

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