More than 150 medical experts, scientists, teachers and nurses are pleading with the government to shut down the country for a second time amid growing numbers of coronavirus patients.
A letter, which was written to President Donald Trump’s administration, states: “The best thing for the nation is not to reopen as quickly as possible, it’s to save as many lives as possible,” CNN reported.
The letter continues saying that by Nov. 1, there could be more than 200,000 Americans killed by COVID-19.
“Yet, in many states, people can drink in bars, get a haircut, eat inside a restaurant, get a tattoo, get a massage, and do a myriad of other normal, pleasant, but non-essential activities,” the letter read, according to CNN.
The health experts said the only way to safely reopen the economy is to have a set of protocols that will help control the spread of the coronavirus.
The protocols include:
- Enough daily testing to test anyone with flu-like symptoms.
- Enough contact tracers to track current cases.
- Enough personal protective equipment to keep essential workers safe.
The health experts added that non-essential businesses should be closed and restaurants should only do takeout. People should leave their homes for food, medicine fresh air and exercise with mandatory mask-wearing in all situations.
They also said there should be a ban on interstate travel.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, one of the groups that wrote the letter said, “Our decision makers need to hit the reset button.”
© 2020 Cox Media Group