President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Americans could be returning to work in large numbers and even packing churches on Easter could charitably be described as aspirational. Easter, after all, is the most significant holy day for Christians as it represents rebirth and renewal.
But wishful thinking might be a more appropriate descriptor given the continual rise in the COVID-19 infection rate, death totals and hospitalizations that threaten to overwhelm the nation’s health care system. Places like New York City are already near the breaking point, and we are bombarded with stories about shortages in medical protective gear, ventilators and intensive care beds.
As of Friday, New Mexico had 191 cases and one death.
But the president – who does say he will listen to advisers like Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci before deciding whether to extend the current “15 Days to Slow the Spread” – is on the right track when he says we need as a nation to assess how and when we can smartly bring people back to work while using strategies beyond “shelter in place” and business shutdowns to slow the virus.