Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.
By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
As I write this, there are around two million COVID-19 cases and almost 127,000 deaths worldwide. In the United States alone there more than 614,000 cases and more than 26,000 deaths, far more COVID-19 cases and deaths than any other country.
Donald Trump, despite strong objections from the medical profession and health care experts, is ready to “open up America” for business by the beginning of May. When asked what metrics he is using to justify his decision, he literally pointed to his head and said “the metrics right here.”Trump believes that, as president, he has the absolute authority to end social distancing and to tell people to return to work and to have stores and restaurants reopen for shopping and for eat-in dining.
Meanwhile, the governor California, my state, said on Monday that he has been developing a framework for the past week with the governors of Oregon and Washington that will allow the three states to incrementally reopen their economies as the spread of the virus appears to slow.
Their plan, the California governor said, “will be driven by facts, evidence, and public health advisers,” not by the metrics inside of Donald Trump’s head.
My provocative question today is a three parter.
Are you currently living in an area where there are stay-at-home orders? If so, do you think that it is wise and safe to lift the stay-at-home orders as early as May 1st? How soon after such stay-at-home orders are relaxed will you discard “social distancing” practices and return to the same social behaviors you exercised before this pandemic changed the way we live?