The world is more connected than ever, and if we’re going to contain and stop the coronavirus, a worldwide coordinated shutdown and lockdown will be needed.
Hubei province, home to more than 50 million Chinese people, was locked down for more than a month while the rest of the world saw little of the coronavirus infection.
The Chinese government took drastic wartime measures to stop the infection, such as implementing door-to-door checks to round up the infected.
Now, while Hubei province cases have gone down dramatically, cases around the world have gone up.
There are 189,000 confirmed cases and 7,500 total deaths from coronavirus as of Tuesday noon eastern time, according to John Hopkins University.
Movement needs to stop.
For as long as we have anyone traveling — whether it’s between countries, states, towns, or even from one house to the next — we will continue to see infections.
The coronavirus spreads so easily and rapidly that just a handful of cases can turn into a full pandemic in months. And that’s exactly what the world has witnessed.
There is even fear that China will see a second wave of coronavirus due to the spread in North America and Europe.
There is zero chance of containing this virus without a full worldwide lockdown.
The only places that should remain open are hospitals, food sources, police stations, fire departments, medicine suppliers — anything that is essential to survival.
Taking a global approach will put economies on a level playing field.
Let's face it — our health should be number one, but a lot of countries are worried about economics.
President Trump has gotten both the health and economics of coronavirus wrong.
The markets have been in a tailspin ever since the public first sensed Trump was not taking the disease seriously.
The market fell another 3,000 points on Monday, the day after the Fed cut interest rates to zero and announced it would purchase another $700 billion worth of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities.
That’s because the market does not care about this right now.
The market wants to see aggressive action toward CONTAINMENT.
Real action will calm the market. Trump not only fucked the American public with what might be the worst response to an American health crisis in history, but still hasn’t gotten the point.
The market will calm when people are calm. People (including Wall Street bankers) will not be calm until real action is taken, to the point where they actually believe we can put an end to the coronavirus.
The markets would welcome a global shutdown, or at the very least an American lockdown. There may be short-term pain, but it would be a lot shorter than what we could very well see with the current approach.
It would also save countless lives (yeah, that might be something to consider).
This is a borderless disease.
Coronavirus does not care about what you look like or where you’re from.
The world needs to shut down and governments have the power to coordinate this.
A global shutdown for a minimum of 2 weeks. With no economics for people to think about.
No rent due. No bills for people to worry about.
The only thing countries should worry about during this time is keeping people fed, getting people their medicine, and keeping people at home. Each country should activate its army to keep order and keep people staying inside.
Countries should be speaking with one another about taking this aggressive action as soon as possible.
Leaders need to lead. No more hunches, Mr. Trump.