Trump tweeted to liberate Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia. His supporters have taken to the streets across the country to demand lifting restrictions and wanting to get back to “normal”. Right wing outlets are fanning the flames. Georgia’s governor has decreed a lifting of the restrictions so that businesses can open, including gyms, nail salons and massage parlors. How do you maintain social distancing at a massage parlor? He acknowledges that virus numbers and deaths may rise, but he’s ready for it. Really?
We all want to get back to normal. But science tells us if we drop our guard too soon, we’ll just be back in the soup, only deeper. The problem is a significant minority—I hope it’s a minority—of Americans don’t believe scientists who are experts and believe there is a vast deep state conspiracy to squash their freedoms. Those are the same people who believed Trump when he said the virus was a Democrat hoax. So why not get out of the house and congregate mask-less with your buddies and protest? It is your American right.
Last night I saw on the news a group of protesters chanting: “fire Fauci”. Yes, that’s right, see no evil and fire the messenger. As if firing the truth tellers would solve the problem. As Jack Nicholson said in the movie A Few Good men: you can’t handle the truth.
I’m afraid science has been chained up in the basement. It needs to be liberated. We need to understand that truth is truth whether we believe it or not. We need to understand that science gives us the truth, and that the truth will set us free. Eventually.
In the meantime, most Americans seem to be complying with the shelter at home orders, are maintaining social distancing and washing their hands. Most fear that lifting the orders too soon will lead to a rebound. Most understand what science is telling us—we are in it deep and there is no easy way out. Let’s just hope that the pressure to open up prematurely doesn’t Trump science.