In the US: While states open up beaches and some parks, the discussion around the coronavirus moves from the sickness itself to the economic damage being done to the US economy. The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), has put together a study that suggests 135,000 people will be deceased by August 2020 in the United States. The White House seems committed to work with states on partial opening of towns and cities, with the governors having the last word. Still, the death toll is raising and some are saying that 150,000 to 250, 000 deaths are not far away. This is a shocking number and with the government running out of funds to support millions who are out of work, it is likely that political leaders will be forced to make decisions – open the economy and sacrifice those who are ill or have pre-existing heart and lung conditions.
The second wave of this virus will hit some countries hard, but the US, with 50 states and 50 major metropolitan locations, the ability to shut down cities and isolate them is possible. People will die but the key is to keep social distancing and wear masks. Japan, our base, is the poster child for these simple practices.