There is no excuse for this to have happened.

Courtesy of WaPo:

The uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak is prompting government officials across the nation to impose new restrictions on consumers and businesses, sapping the economy’s momentum and delaying the recovery of millions of jobs lost during the recession.

On Friday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) tightened limits on restaurants and indoor gatherings, effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, while the governors of California, Oregon and Washington state issued a joint statement discouraging travel and advising visitors to quarantine upon arrival for 14 days. The mayor of New York City, meanwhile, warned parents that public schools could close as soon as Monday.

Similar measures are taking effect or under consideration elsewhere, including Chicago, where the mayor on Thursday issued a stay-at-home advisory just hours before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) threatened a mandatory statewide order. The renewed clampdown is reminiscent of the worst days of the pandemic in early March, when sports leagues, movie theaters and restaurants abruptly went into hibernation in hopes of curbing the contagion.

Those steps were only partly successful and came at great cost. By the end of June, the economy had shrunk by $2.2 trillion — more than Italy’s entire annual output. Now, as communities around the country inch toward new shutdowns, the economy is again at risk. Consumers are growing more pessimistic about the future, according to the latest University of Michigan confidence gauge. And even before new restrictions were announced, they had begun cutting back on spending.

“We see stronger growth in 2021. But we need a bridge to get there,” said economist Gregory Daco of Oxford Economics. “The outlook is honestly quite dark.”

Those initial shutdowns did not work because people thought they were a solution in and of themselves and did not recognize that they would only be effective if they were followed up with consistent mask-wearing and social distancing. 

And even states whose governors took drastic measures are caught in this resurgence. 

Courtesy of US News:

The U.S. state of Michigan will ban indoor dining and in-person high school and college for three weeks starting on Wednesday as coronavirus cases rise sharply, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Sunday.

“We are in the worst moment of this pandemic to date,” Whitmer told a televised news conference. “The situation has never been more dire. We are at the precipice and we need to take some action.”

Whitmer, a Democrat, also said the state was temporarily banning all events in indoor entertainment venues, concert halls, movie theaters, sporting venues, casinos, bingo halls and skating rinks.

She warned that without action, the state could lose 1,000 residents a week from the pandemic, nearly three times the number of its reported COVID-19 deaths in the week ended Friday.

Governor Whitmer was almost kidnapped due to the strict guidelines she put in place and yet she allowed schools, restaurants, and indoor entertainment venues to reopen. 

And that undid much of what she had accomplished. 

People do not seem to understand that you cannot simply apply a bandaid to a gushing wound. 

If you do not first completely stop the bleeding, and then start the rehabilitation process, you will lose the patient. 

And the patient in this case is the United States of America. 

I really do not know what shape we will be in by the time the Biden Administration takes over, but it is with some confidence that I can say it will not be good.