'Continuous shutdown' for several months may be on cards to contain coronavirus

WASHINGTON: The United States and perhaps many nations around the world face the possibility of a continuous closure that lasts for months, with reports of the reappearance whenever countries and communities relax mitigation measures and restrictions. South Korea also reports that dozens of recovered coronaviruses are testing positive again, making returning to normal a difficult decision to make.

Amid reports that there has been an increase in cases in China after the country eased some restrictions, some experts suggest an ongoing strategy, including geographic sectioning, to keep the pandemic under control, until control can be established Total through medical therapy or proven vaccine.

We are looking around the world. As economic controls relax, the virus reappears. We could have these waves of outbreaks, controls, outbreaks, and controls until we really get a therapy or a vaccine. I think we should all focus on an 18-month strategy for our healthcare system and our economy, said Neel Kashkari, president of the Indian-American Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis who oversaw the 2008 economic recovery, in Face the Nation of CBS on Sunday.

Others, including, have expressed a similar perspective, suggesting a gradual and partial reopening of the economy from May 1, and recovering things if the virus reappears, as it seems to do whenever mitigation measures are relaxed. Most experts seem to rule out the possibility of a V-shaped recovery that President Trump wants, hoping that the economy will take off like a rocket once the restrictions are lifted.

What is increasingly puzzling to researchers is that the virus is virtually benign in some people, while brutal in others, regardless of preconditions and even beyond gender specificities (some studies show that men are more vulnerable than women and mortality rates are higher among men than women).

On Monday, ABC Good Morning America presenter George Stephanopoulos announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19, but had no symptoms, two weeks after his wife said she was experiencing a high fever. Horrible body aches. Heavy heavy never been sicker. Stephanopoulos on the other hand said I have never had a fever, I never had chills, I never had a headache, I never had a cough, I never had difficulty breathing. I feel very good.

The difficulty in assessing the lethality of the virus is compounded by the relatively low number of deaths from the pandemic, compared to other infectious diseases such as tuberculosis that take even more lives each year. Arguments abound as to whether the lower than estimated/feared count is due to mitigation measures or due to exaggeration and hysteria over the pandemic.

In fact, some argue that it shouldn't even be called a pandemic, as it emerges that the annual death toll is less than the common flu. Now, we all mourn the loss of 61,000 people, if that is what it turns out to be ... But if you look at those numbers, and see what is comparable, we will have fewer deaths from this than from the flu. This scared the American people terribly, we lost 17 million jobs, we put a big dent in the economy, we closed schools, we closed churches, and so on. You know, this was not, and it is not a pandemic, said former education secretary Bill Bennett, arguing that the overkill had caused more harm than the virus.