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This thread does a thoughtful job of laying out why the "open up and let people take their chances" crowd presents such a false choice. I wouldn't do *anything* that kills 1 in 400 people in a six-week timeframe....
Most of us "know" about 300 to 400 people in our daily lives. Who would fly if planes killed someone you know 10-12 times a year? Who would let their family drive if it regularly kills 1 in 400? Who would grocery shop if buying avocados killed one of your friends each month?
Remember those NYC stats—1 in 400—aren't anywhere close to 1 in 400 "infected." That's just people who happened to be in NYC in March and April. The real death rate from infections is far higher. The idea that we just wave a wand and the economy comes roaring back is a fallacy.
What if, in your 400-person office, 10-12 people died simply because they came to work?! No one would show up for work. The fatality rate for police or commercial fishermen is about 0.01%. This is magnitudes higher.
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