Pandemic response increasingly fraught

Protesters are using the pandemic as an excuse to foment discord.



May 1, 2020 - 5:04 PM

Armed to the teeth, these young men are protesting Michigan Gov. Meg Whitmer’s mandatory closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan is experiencing an average 119 deaths per day due to the pandemic. It has reported 41,379 positive cases, and almost 4,000 deaths as of Friday. Each day, an average 980 positive cases are being reported. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images/TNS

How to respond to this pandemic has never been as simple as choosing to risk contracting COVID-19 or go out of business. 

And the damage from those promoting this false dichotomy is that it works to portray those who prioritize the public’s health as being against those concerned about their pocketbooks.

But the two groups are not mutually exclusive. Business owners need their employees to be healthy, after all, and want their establishments to be safe places to do business.

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