April 13, 2020
Will Americans develop trust issues when it comes to medical professionals?
The halving of the estimated COVID-19 fatality rate was welcome news — to a point. To state the obvious, fewer lives lost to the virus is a happy development. Saving lives is a paramount good — it's not the only good, but it overrides almost everything else on the hierarchy of collective values. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the public face of President Trump's coronavirus response team, told NBC News of the revision: "I believe we are going to see a downturn in that, and it looks more like the 60,000, than the 100,000 to 200,000." Another obvious point: the preferred number of coronavirus-caused deaths is zero. But cleaving the fatality total in twain is, it can be coldly reasoned, a win for life. That speck of hope is giving the Trump administration its cue to sound out a proper day to reopen the economy, with initial estimations of sometime in May. For the first time in weeks, an expiry to the self-imposed shutdown...(Read Full Post)