Help me understand…
Here’s my question. Counties that have issued stay at home orders do so with expiration dates. I live in Orlando, and we are mandated to stay at home until April 6th.
To me, the virus will still be in the communities on the dates the orders are lifted.
I understand the stay at home time should help slow the spread of the virus, but what happens after that?
It doesn’t make sense to me. Can someone please help me understand?
Here in MD, the Governor and State Superintendent made an announcement yesterday, extending further into the future the date that schools will be closed. Elected officials (I was one from 2010 – 2013) are taking an incremental approach. COVID-19 is a novel virus, something we’ve never seen before. This makes it difficult to anticipate what shifts in policy may be needed and when. Stay tuned to local media outlets. When the authorities know more about local conditions, they will provide you more information.
President Trump is now indicating he would like to stop the lockdowns sooner rather than later. He doesn’t want the cure to be worse than the disease. It is true there is only so long our economy can take being shut down =.
NZ is kind of the opposite, they have put us under lockdown with the treat of being detained, with patrols in the streets etc. but been really vague about what is considered essential work or travel etc. Its a complete shambles. They have said they will review in 4 weeks but refuse to give any criteria that when met would mean the lockdown would be eased. At the moment people just assume in 4 weeks it will be over, but I doubt it, partly because I doubt 4 weeks is long enough to eradicate it from here, which is apparently the goal. There are reports now surfacing from healthcare workers etc. that dont fit with the official numbers we are being given. The 4 week thing was dumb because people are seeing it as a sacrifice to be back to normal in 4 weeks, when it is inevitably extended I suspect it wont work well and they will get very heavy handed.
A bit concerned about it being a powergrab as the tradition in these situations (such as during the two world wars) here is to form a grand coalition with the two main parties and put all politics aside and pass everything with the support of the opposition. The opposition offered to do this repeatably but were shut down and instead a complected mix of different legislation was enacted to create a state of emergency and shut down parliament and effectively give near dictatorial control between a small number of politicians and bureaucrats.
Also what exactly would Trump’s desire to end isolation quickly mean to individual states? I assume if Trump were to declare, for example, April 10 as “all clear” day individual states would still have the authority to maintain isolation orders, closing of non essential businesses, etc. for as long as they see fit. Now individual states being able close their borders is an interesting concept. I can see the benefit but it would seem hard to enforce.
Edit: a friend just pointed out that there isn’t a federal lockdown in the first place so that makes Trump’s “plan” even more pointless.