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VICKI MARKS, San Clemente

Common sense? While I appreciate the recap of flu-related deaths in the U.S. for the past 10 years, I think Mr. Herman may have missed the point. In less than six months, COVID-19 has decimated more than 115,000 Americans, and it is estimated (and reasonable to assume) that this number will continue to climb.

Therefore, this is not just a cold or what we’ve previously experienced during flu seasons. In response to the criticism that a shutdown was unwarranted, one has only to look to Sweden, which subscribed to the concept of no lockdown and posted a much higher mortality rate than its neighbors.

Also, Sweden did not fare any better economically than its European counterparts. Maybe more intelligence is in order, Mr. Herman.

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