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Old 03-26-2020, 10:37 PM
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The appropriate way to deal with a contagious disease is to identify those who have it, and isolate them. At present, we cannot do this. Once tests finally, belatedly, become available, we can start easing the shutdown without killing millions of Americans. Until they are, though, the only two ways we can reduce the number of deaths is by shutdown, and increasing our capacity to treat.
2 thoughts for those thinking of the tradeoff maybe being not worth it:
-if you make a million a year, and assuming “savings” of not shutting down are distributed evenly (they wouldn’t) then your share of the savings is 0.000005 cents of every dollar saved.
-if we flatten the curve enough, and we have enough testing available to identify and isolate, you might not get this, ever.