FACTS

    Officials from Denmark say it is highly unlikely the nation will experience a second wave of the coronavirus. The nation, which has been operating in relaxed guidelines for the past month, has not seen a new surge of cases. Rather, the numbers have been declining. Malls and restaurants were scheduled to resume business this week. If cases did surge again, the country’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said they would work on strictly isolating those who were sick, still allowing for society to continue operating. Germany, on the other hand, saw a tripling of cases in one day, after less than a week of loosened measures. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said if cases continue to increase, the nation may have to put on the emergency brakes and take a step back again. 

    RIGHT

    Those on the Right are consistently in favor of measures that ease lock-down orders and think it is necessary and beneficial to begin slowly opening the economy again. They point to Denmark as an example that slowly lifting restrictions can be done safely and successfully. President Trump has called for the US to begin the process of reopening, arguing that continuing the lock-down will also result in deadly consequences, namely suicide and drug abuse. Ben Shapiro, a conservative political commentator, challenged leaders who don’t approve of reopening to present a better alternative. He argued that ongoing lock-down, restricting people from school and work, is not a realistic option.

    LEFT

    Democrats continue to be critical of reopening. Dr. Anthony Fauci, top infectious disease specialist in the US, plans to speak at a US Senate hearing later this week to discuss what he believes to be the dangers of opening too soon. He stated we will see “needless suffering and death” if we act prematurely. Another prominent doctor supported this sentiment, stating that rather than America moving forward on a medical basis, “We’re reopening based on politics, ideology and public pressure. And I think it’s going to end badly.”

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