I am really concerned about the reopening of the states when I hear cases and deaths are increasing. I am still in a wait and see mode and reserving my opinion. Right now, my DH and I have not changed much because we are being cautious. I still have my office closed and have told my employees I want to be cautious about reopening because I do not know what will happen. If I see that covid is declining longer term, then I will be consider reopening.
I am disappointed that the country spent 10 weeks in a lock down and we are reopening so quickly. I did not believe in the way the lockdown was handled by the government because it seemed like a short term solution. I expected that cases and deaths would increase when people were let out again. It is still too early to evaluate. I think we will need at least a year to see what happens and for Covid to get under control. In the meantime, I am following all safety precautions and using a harm reduction approach.
I am sad to see the resurgence of Covid as the nation is reopening but I am not surprised. I certainly understand the need to reopen as nearly everyone is suffering in some way from the lockdown (financially, mentally, physically, etc) and it is hurting the economically vulnerable the most. The country is experiencing quarantine fatigue and the lockdown seems to be back firing. I was never in favor of a complete shutdown for this reason and I thought the USA should have followed a harm reduction approach from the beginning.
I am sure my viewpoint is confusing because I think the shutdown in March was too draconian and now I think the reopening is too fast. I would have preferred a more long term sustainable and targeted approach, something that people could have implemented long term. Not a total lockdown followed by a quick reopening. I am also disappointed that we are all not on the same page about following the safety guidelines. Whether you agree or not, it is the least you can do to try to get us out of the covid spread. I am sad that masks have become a divisive issue.