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Speaking at a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, President Donald Trump vowed he would not allow the country to shut down again if a second wave of COVID plagues us this Fall.
He stated, “We are going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country. We can put out the fires.”
Although his optimism was applauded by many who have found the economic downturn from months of business closures to be irreparable, many wonder if he actually has control of stopping a second country shutdown.
In early March the Trump administration tried to contain the panic, and keep businesses open, however other powers were at play.
Schools closed down first. With school closures, many employees could not leave their children unattended and needed to stay home.
Then traffic to many businesses slowed, as many chose to “shelter in place” for fear of being exposed to COVID-19. Employees of businesses chose to stay home as well in fear of exposing vulnerable family members to the virus.
Then as death tolls were reported, Governors began to institute stay at home orders and business closures.
As businesses reopen and schools ready for the new school year, many teachers and parents are preparing for a bumpy road ahead.
Even if a COVID second wave spares us, influenza is notorious for causing death, and each year takes its toll on the pediatric population.
Concerned parents may easily call for school closure and online learning because of flu, COVID, school shootings, or any other issues that could tragically affect children.
If schools close this Fall for any reason, employees will be forced to stay home and the cycle can occur all over.
Many businesses are transitioning to work from home models, however many businesses still require traffic and in person customer service such as restaurants, salons, movie theaters, shops, etc.
I believe our healthcare system will, as Pres. Trump suggests, be able to address new COVID cases, however, whether the administration will have the ability to mitigate the panic or calls for business shutdown is entirely another issue.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.