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SCOTT GRANNIS, San Clemente
I am outraged that miles of beaches sit empty while San Clemente has, to date, only experienced 43 cases of COVID-19 and not even five deaths.
Data from all over the world show that the spread of the virus has slowed dramatically, and our hospitals have ample capacity.
The only goal of the shutdown was to “flatten the curve,” and it has flattened nearly everywhere. We are not going to overwhelm our hospitals, and we’re not going to eradicate this virus, which has proved to be far less deadly than the average flu—though recent estimates suggest the fatality rate is a bit higher than the flu.
It’s time to end the shutdown and let people stroll on the beach and enjoy the surf and sun.
Why are we abridging our civil liberties so egregiously? This is really serious.
Editor’s Note: A report from John Hopkins Medicine states that while doctors and scientists are presently working on estimating the mortality rate of COVID-19, “it is thought to be higher than that of most strains of the flu,” largely because a vaccine may be months away and people do not yet have immunity to this new virus.