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Open America for Business? Money vs. Lives

Following Patrick’s logic, we’d reopen all those non-essential businesses and eliminate all this social distancing. So we can get back to spending, talk about bull markets, and feel better about our 401(k) balances.

For some, the promise of a quick reward just proves too much. (Photo Source: Photo by Kuma Kum on Unsplash)

So, A Higher Shorter-Term Curve Is Better?

In a word, no. Social distancing doesn’t make coronavirus go away — it makes the crisis last longer, but it allows the hospitals and medical personnel to cope. That’s better for the medical sector, but it means saving lives too. Flattening the curve could reduce America’s death rate from over 2 million to something in the thousands. Is that worth stalling America’s economy longer? It depends on your priorities, what kind of country we want to be, and how we want to be remembered in history.

Coronavirus Will Cost Us Money, But Maybe Not Our Humanity

This crisis will cost us money. According to mid-March projections, US GDP will sink some 8 percent to 24 (!) percent during Q2 2020. These numbers are moving targets, obviously, and depend heavily on what we do, how coronavirus develops in the US, and our policy decisions towards it.

  1. Working from home can save us commuting time — time that can be used to save the environment, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, spend more time with family, be more productive, etc.
  2. We can stop drowning our miseries by buying things, just for the sake of buying and consuming them.
  3. We can stop over-programming our kids and families.
  4. We can eat healthier food, and stop eating so much fast-food junk.
  5. We can keep checking in on the elderly and sick, even after the pandemic is no longer weighing on our consciences.
  6. We can wash our hands and watch our health.
  7. We can spend more time outdoors and with our families.
  8. We can look for more ways to be selfless.
  9. We can see that we are one world, one human race
  10. We can recognize that we’re not here forever so we make our time count.

Conclusion

Flattening the curve, saving lives, and preventing suffering make sense. It’s the right thing to do. It’s what makes America great, not chasing money. And, in the long run, we’ll be a better country for it. We might even try to learn from the crisis and the social distancing, and the shutdown of all these distractions so that we can be better people — people who aren’t addicted to chasing money, distractions, and account balances.

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Writer / Photographer / Linguist / MBA