Tennessee and Georgia have both “re-opened,” but COVID-19 is still spreading. It is of interesting note as NPR has reported that following this, Tennessee has reported a massive spike in COVID-19 cases.
Restaurants across Tennessee are able to welcome dine-in customers Monday for the first time in nearly a month as the state eases restrictions put in place to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The step toward some semblance of normalcy comes a day after the state reported its highest single-day jump in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, 478, which officials say represents a 5.2% increase from the previous day.
The number of people confirmed to have the virus statewide as of Monday morning was just shy of 10,000 cases at 9,667, according to data compiled by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
State officials say the spike in confirmed cases is due primarily to an increase in testing. The state’s department of health tweeted that it conducted more than 7,000 tests this past weekend.
That is in addition to the more than 11,000 tests performed throughout the state the previous weekend, state officials said. (source)
While certainly not just solely related to the re-opening, if there is a pandemic going around, measures are put into place to control it, and then those measures are taken down, what does one think is going to happen?
If Georgia and Tennessee are not careful, Atlanta and Nashville both could become major disease hot spots, as they are already in very questionable condition.
Right now is not the time to “re-open” anything. It is a time to keep things under strict control in order to prohibit the spread of disease.
Quarantine is not about “destroying the economy”- that was already done back in 2007 and the virus is exposing what the people wanted covered up. Rather, it is about a choice of preventing the spread of a disease that has killed in 20 weeks what the Viet Cong could not do in 20 years.
For all of the fears people have of Communism, while justifiable, perhaps one may want to consider a larger killer in that this illness, until it is brought under control, has murdered more than Ho Chi Minh ever could.