Fox News pundits and the president himself are arguing that the “cure” that will decrease the spread of COVID-19 — shutting down non-essential workplaces and demanding people shelter inside their homes for long enough to suppress the virus — is somehow worse than the “disease” of the novel coronavirus due to its harsh impact on the economy. This is just from the past few days:
The backlash against increasingly-strict social distancing measures and the potential for mass quarantines arose after a dire report from Imperial College London. As the NY Times notes, “Imperial is treated as a sort of gold standard, its mathematical models feeding directly into government policies.”.
The report projects that up to 2.2 million Americans could die as a result of the spread of the novel coronavirus without such measures.