The U.S. seems to have peaked coronavirus infections On April 24, when 36,738 new daily cases were recorded, this figure fell to 17,618 by May 11th. At that time, it seemed that the US had ushered in a pandemic, and President Trump constantly insisted on a resumption of the economy. While testifying before the Senate in mid-May, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading specialist in infectious diseases in the United States, cautioned against reopening by stating that the virus could get out of control leading to increased suffering and death, as well as to failure on the path to economic recovery.
On June 26, the United States reported 45,300 new daily infections, and at least 16 states have suspended their economic recovery efforts. And as Niall McCarthy of Statista notes, The impetus for the opening again led to a discussion about whether it is better to save lives and economic harm, or to insist on reopening without taking precautions to ensure people’s safety.
Most countries have adopted the old strategy with Italy, Spain, France and Germany among those who wait until the infection rate drops significantly, so that effective testing, contact tracing and isolation strategies can be implemented. All these countries are now reaping the benefits of this approach, opening their economies in time for the summer vacation season.
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Edelman analyzed public opinion to both approaches in the spring update of their trust barometer. Out of 13,200 respondents surveyed in 11 countries, 67 percent agreed that the government should save as many lives as possible, even if it means the economy will suffer more damage and recover more slowly.33 percent of respondents said that it’s becoming more important for the government to keep jobs and restart the economy than to take all possible precautions to protect people from the virus.
Depending on the country, Japan has the highest proportion of people who value life for economic recovery by 76 percent. 66% of Americans believe that saving lives should be a priority for the government, and 34% believe that the government should focus on maintaining jobs.
In China, where coronavirus began to infiltrate, 56 percent of respondents said that authorities should focus on saving people while 44 percent want the economy to reopen, regardless of the impact on citizens.