To lockdown or not to lockdown… that is the question
There is no way the 3-10 week lockdown can be enough to eradicate the pandemic, never mind contain it.
Cons of lockdown
Not all countries have a lockdown strategy
Not all African countries have lockdown. Anyone who has travelled through Africa knows how easy it is to cross borders. Border posts are not the only access points for pedestrians, cars or other larger forms of transport. If poachers and illegal immigrants can get across the borders, then so can others.
Lockdown is counter-productive
When we started off we had less than 100 cases of COVID-19 infected, now we have thousands – so the risk of getting infected is growing by the day.
The economy is almost non-existent
- Stocks, investments, pensions, medical aids, insurance and the livelihood of just about every individual on the planet is impacted.
Living from hand to mouth
- The third world countries will be hardest hit where most of the population live from hand to mouth and have no ‘cushion’ or reserves. This is where famine and a compromised immune system is fairly common.
- Government is losing out on income tax because people are being paid less or have lost their jobs.
- Less company taxes because hundreds are going out of business.
- Less GST on goods sold because we can only buy food and a few other items.
- Less transport and travelling which means there is less income from taxes on fuel.
- And so on…
- Thousands go to bed hungry. Hundreds of businesses are folding. People lose their jobs, their homes, their families.
- The lockdown could cost more lives than the pandemic – we are already seeing suicides, an escalation in domestic violence, clashes with police and army.
- Looting, plundering and car-jacking is becoming more prevalent. Housebreaking is likely to follow if we do not address this problem soon.
- The government’s income has shrunk to virtually nothing while their expenses are skyrocketing. Soon they will not be able to pay anyone.
- Some people work themselves into the ground (health workers, emergency services) while other people take extended vacations and don’t know what to do with themselves.
Prolonging the agony
We might as well write off the rest of the year, if not longer, if the strategy is lockdown – because it will merely prolong the agony not only the pandemic, but the negative impact it has on the economy and the social structure too.
Hungry people will get food for themselves even if they have to beg, steal, borrow, loot, break down doors, and kill others. Let’s hope we can find solutions so this will not to happen.
All things will become more and more scarce and people will become more and more desperate to get ‘it’ [whatever ‘it’ is].
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Pros of lockdown
This created some leeway.
- The health industry has had to come up with solutions to cope with the expected surge in infected cases. To what extent have they?
- The government has put in place processes to provide help and assistance, but the coffers are limited, the execution and administration is lacking and they have no long-term solution.
- More police and army has been employed and deployed to keep the peace, to make sure the lockdown rules are adhered to, to discourage looting, pilfering and hopefully to ensure the safety of individuals.
- People are coming up with innovative solutions to potential and actual problems. And, there are always people who not only take advantage of the plight of others, but exploit it.
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THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVE: No lockdown
Should we give COVID-19 free reign, it is very likely to mutate and come round again and again in other forms and this is natural. Some people will build up immunity against it. We might find a vaccine at some stage… Like most pandemics in the past – it will eventually run its course and stop.
Cons of NOT to lockdown
The disease will spread rapidly
The health industry will be inundated with Covid-19 patients: thousands of sick and dying people
It is unlikely the health industry will be able to cope with:
- The influx with regard to equipment to help with breathing, beds, health workers, hospital space, quarantine, intensive care, and so on…
- The numbers of autopsies to determine the cause of death.
- The issue of transport, dealing with and disposing of large numbers of dead bodies safely.
- The increased exposure health care workers will have to the virus and the possible virulent spread of the virus when these people have to make use of public transport.
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Pros of NOT to lockdown
This too will pass…
Viruses in the past all spent themselves at some point or other. Through the ages, as a human race, we have survived many pandemics before, and we will probably continue to do so for centuries to come if we do not wipe ourselves out in some other way. It is a natural part of life.
People build up immunity
As people build up immunity they still get sick, but fewer people die.
Government income is partly restored
There may still be huge losses due to loss of life and the knock-on effect this has, but at least those that survive will keep things going to a certain degree.
Economic and Social life can go on
Yes there will be many sad and lonely people who have lost someone dear to them and businesses may need to replace the staff they have lost, or they may come up with ways to work smarter, more efficiently, with less people, with more productive people and become more resourceful.
- People can feed and support themselves and do not have to lean on the government, enterprises, NGOs, individuals or others for handouts.
- Individuals can keep their homes and roof over their head because they can pay their bond/ mortgage/ rent and they can put food on the table to feed their families.
- The government will not have to try and find ways to ‘milk’ the working class for more money to make up for the losses incurred during the lockdown period.
Businesses can survive
- Organizations can conduct their business, if not as before, then at least generate some income and provide some jobs.
- The economy can keep ticking over and businesses can survive the ‘slump’.
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Links to other pages on the Genius Within Website
- Conquer Covid-19 Mastermind – Collaborate to find smarter solutions
- Covid-19 Concerns – Most of the information we get is contentious and statistics vary from site to site.
- To lockdown or not to lockdown, that is the question – Pros and cons