COVID numbers are spiking around the world. They offer a grim lesson: Opening up too soon is a fool's errand. Yesterday, Doug Ford told his daily news conference:
“I want the health officials to come up with a plan that lets business operate safely, because we don’t know how long this virus will be with us, but my friends, what we do know is together, we’re going to get through this.”
But, Bruce Arthur writes, Ontario is in a tight spot:
Does Ford want to emulate Alberta, which has stuck with many voluntary restrictions as their cases rise, or Manitoba, which waited too long to act and is now in crisis? This sounds like the talk of a province that didn’t invest enough in public health or epidemic response — whose testing system crashed, and where contact tracing has been half-abandoned in Toronto and Ottawa, among other places feeling the strain.
Ford could emulate Donald Trump and claim that he has defeated the virus. But Trump is clearly mad -- something Doug Ford is not. There is a simple truth about COVID:
The pandemic isn’t a balance beam so much as it’s a sequence: public health, then the economy.
And, until we truly understand that simple assertive sentence, we'll simply get things wrong. And the numbers will continue to rise.
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