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LISA HAZELTON, San Clemente
It’s not about compassion; it is about control. It is not compassionate to deprive people their livelihood, their ambition, their passion, their business or their profession. No amount of government money fills the soul with meaning and purpose.
It is control to close businesses and places of employment. It is about control to enforce the wearing of masks. There may have been a time early on, when we had to rely on models and experts, but now we have hard data. Now there is no other reason besides control.
Attorney General Barr affirmed that the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis. There are no valid reasons here in California for the continued enforcement of self-isolation and social distancing. There are many compassionate reasons to reopen.
Government-mandated lockdown reduces herd immunity, which is needed to triumph over this virus. Compassion would encourage herd immunity. Control will demand vaccines.
Prolonged isolation is destroying our immune systems, putting our country’s citizens at risk for more illnesses besides this one particular virus.
Compassion would encourage healthy immunity systems, by going out in public, interacting considerately and wisely with our communities, enjoying nature, being active, getting plenty of sunshine and perhaps, most importantly, providing for our families.
Control denies these basics and offers monetary supplementing at the risk of our health and well-being.
Lockdowns do not stop transmission; it just slows it down. Therefore, more at-risk people are at risk for a longer period of time. Where is the compassion in that?
Sunlight kills the COVID-19 virus per a new government study that the Department of Homeland Security says could eventually change public policy. California is known for her sunshine.
Opening our hospitals, permitting “elective surgeries,” is compassionate and will save lives. Control is causing our medical professionals to be either overworked or furloughed.
We don’t need to wait for testing; we don’t need to wait for vaccines. Criminals didn’t have to wait; they got their freedom. Was that compassion, or control?
Editor’s Note: According to the Washington Post, William N. Bryan, the acting undersecretary for science and technology at the Homeland Security Department, outlined last month some findings of recent lab studies that indicate the novel coronavirus, when exposed to high amounts of ultraviolet light, doesn’t survive for very long on certain surfaces and in the air. The results of those studies had not been peer-reviewed when Bryan presented the information during a White House press briefing.