Ken Mangham posted this reply to a recent Journal article. It was a “My Opinion” piece written by Val Cox (May 8, 2020). Here is Mangham’s reply:
Everyone has to do THEIR OWN PART, in staying safe. Don’t put blame on the President for trying to put the American people back to work. The World economy , not just the United States, depends on it. The President has already said, he will leave it up to the State Governors to implement the open up dates, for their own states. The United States economy must continue on, while being safe as possible. Not only did the Government order 100,000 body bags ( to replenish) the FEMA Emergency stockpile, they also ordered ,ventilators, tents, generators, canned food, MRE’s, boats, vehicles, blankets, PPE, boots, uniforms, etc.. Basic FEMA emergency needed items. There is about 331,000,000 people in the US, Yes, (331 Million) . Even at its worst case scenario, Covid-19 Deaths will be no where near the common cause of deaths in the US. — Example:
(Source- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) These are the Top 10 average deaths per year in the US.
•Heart disease: 647,457
•Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
•Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
•Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
•Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
•Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672
•Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173
No matter what we do, or how we fight it, about 2.8 Million people will die in the US, EVERY YEAR.
Everyone already knows, the States , and the Hospitals , make much, much more money from the Federal Government, if the death is ruled as a Covid-19 death. Everyone already knows , the longer the States stay on lock down, the more Federal money the State gets. Yes, alot of people have died from the virus, no doubt. I personally know people who have died from it. But ,alot of people have died from normal -natural causes, that have been ruled as Covid-19. Nobody really knows , the true actual numbers of Covid-19 deaths. This worldwide pandemic is unfamiliar to everyone, nobody in the world has seen the likes of something like this before. The whole world was caught off guard from it. Nobody really knew how we would react to it all. World Governments had an action in place , on paper , if anything like this ever happened. Everyone was put to a test. A lot of things in place did work out as planned, but a lot of things did not. Going forward, everyone will learn from the mistakes , try to correct it, and hopefully , do better , when there is a Next Time ! That’s how life works out.
That means everyone must continue to wash your hand frequently, keep social distance while having the weekend parties, BBQ’s, crawfish boils, neighborhood get together. This Virus is here to stay, It will now be part of the new normal, along with the other viruses worldwide. They will implement a vaccine to put in the flu shot we get every year, to help combat it. The same as they did for Swine Flu, H1N1, SARS, etc….
We must go on with our lives , go back to work, raise our families ,pay our bills. Stay diligent about being safe as we have learned how to do it.