Yep! And we should similarly trust local authorities when they also decide to open things up.George the original one wrote: ↑Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:30 pmHonesty time: Trump can't open the economy by Easter because Trump didn't shut it down. Fact is, apart from closing borders to a handful of countries, Trump hasn't shut anything down. State governors, county commissioners, and mayors are the ones in the driving seat right now when it comes to the economy.
Putting politics completely aside, I personally think a lot of the angst between people arguing about solutions is that some people have a very tough time understanding that the country is not homogeneous. For example, something like 200 of the 254 counties in Texas have zero cases of COVID-19, so a hard statewide or nationwide shutdown would do more harm than good in those areas. But lock down New York City? Absolutely. It's a big country, and not every course of action is one-size-fits-all.
My personal guess is that the eventual way out will come in stages. The major cities with huge outbreaks may stay on hard lockdown for months, perhaps with new travel restrictions that prevent people from leaving (it's already moving that direction today with Florida requiring anyone arriving to NY to go into a mandatory 2-week quarantine). But once we have enough testing and mitigation strategies (masks, hydrochloroquine, antibody tests, etc), a lot of the rest of the country will be able to reopen for business and sustainably manage new cases as they come.
We're definitely not there yet, but I'm hopeful that it won't take as long as some people are saying by only looking at the very worst cases.