EDITORIAL: Time to Shut Down RI - Save Lives By Being More Like China, Less Like Italy

Saturday, March 21, 2020

 

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Governor Gina Raimondo

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo needs to shut down the state to save people’s lives.

There is much to be learned about the coronavirus, but maybe the only certainty is that governments who quickly have shut down and isolated those carrying the virus have seen significant improvement addressing the public health pandemic. 

Deaths in Italy have now surpassed the number of deaths in China.

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Italy is a country of 61 million people and the country of China is 1.4 billion.

In China, within days of the outbreak, Wuhan -- a city of 11 million -- was isolated. In Italy, after weeks of warnings, Italians were still drinking cappuccinos at cafes.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was emphatic in an answer to CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s question, "What was your thought on the Governor taking your idea for that major city, and making it the entire state?"

Garcetti said, ”It was great news [about Governor's Newsom's closure order]. Here is Los Angeles. I took that action with a heavy heart, but with a very clear mind. The more and more that I talk to people who looked at the data, looked at the trends, and who looked at history, those who act slowly will be punished and those who act quickly have a chance. And I think for all of us to see a state do that -- and I spoke to the Governor earlier today, say, "I have your back, we all have your back on this, the big city mayors."

Garrett went onto say, “We all are imagining that somehow if it's not as bad in our city, and we saw it worse in Northern California than in my city in LA, that there's a magical moat around this, or maybe we're just a little different than some other place or our country just needs to keep out those people, this is universal, it's the entire world, and there is nothing that will protect us besides moving swiftly and what public health professionals tell us to do which is to limit that social distance, go to the bare minimum and to try to then help the people get through this together."

The old adage is that Rhode Island is the first one into a recession and the last one out.

Well, let’s define our future.

There is no more information needed. There are no more experts to ask.

Rhode Islanders now understand and have begun to transform their behavior due to the coronavirus.

Currently, Rhode Islanders can go buy groceries and go out for essentials -- doctors' appointments, medications, household supplies.

Lockdowns in Europe -- and in the U.S.  -- have allowed for this type of essential activity to continue. But that is it.

By all estimations, hundreds or thousands could die in Rhode Island. Let's do everything possible to minimize that number.

It is time for Rhode Island to shut down in order to rebuild a great new state as soon as possible.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo needs to shut down the state to save people’s lives.

There is much to be learned about the coronavirus, but maybe the only certainty is that governments who quickly have shut down and isolated those carrying the virus have seen significant improvement addressing the public health pandemic. 

 
 

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