Robert Epstein, Ph.D.
Dear Mr. President,
I know you are deeply concerned about the terrible toll the novel coronavirus has taken on America — both the loss of life and the severe damage the virus has done to our otherwise strong economy. I know you also believe we have gotten through the worst of the crisis, and I certainly hope you’re right.
But in some U.S. states and many countries, the coronavirus problem is still getting worse, and your CDC director has predicted a tough winter ahead, when many of us might catch both the flu and COVID-19. More than 40 million Americans are still out of work, and even where we’re reopening, we’re doing so cautiously and in small steps. …
Both the number of cases and the number of deaths from the Covid-19 virus are currently doubling worldwide every six days. In some areas of the U.S., the doubling is occurring even faster. Unless drastic measures are taken immediately, the doubling could spell disaster for humanity.
by Robert Epstein, Ph.D.
At a press conference on March 23rd, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the number of new cases of coronavirus in his state had increased by a factor of 10 during the previous seven days.
If that growth rate continued, he said, Louisiana’s hospital system would be overwhelmed in 10 more days. When medical services are overrun, as they were in Italy weeks ago, medical care is rationed, many medical personnel get sick or die, larger and larger numbers of people are left untreated, and the disease spreads even faster than before. …
There is a relatively simple way to stop the coronavirus dead in its tracks. It might sound impossible at first, but it’s well within our capabilities, and it’s far less costly and disruptive than what countries around the world are doing now.
To give you some perspective on the issue, let’s go back in time to the AIDS crisis that was emerging in the 1980s. When AIDS was first identified in 1981 (HIV, the virus that caused it, wasn’t identified until 1984), the disease was spreading mainly among gay males and intravenous drug users. …