It has been a long, devastating eight months for New Mexico. The COVID-19 virus is a force with which we must contend, and so far we’re not doing very well.
There is no doubt the virus is serious, and the loss of a single life is heartbreaking. We are, however, months past the point of finding a common-sense way to address the dangers while recognizing other critical needs of New Mexicans.
Some believe a vaccine is the answer; however, that is not the case. A vaccine will help but will not be the final answer. To that end, it is society that must adapt to living as safely as possible with this virus.
Three epidemiologists, Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Dr. Martin Kulldorff and Jay Bhattacharya, issued a joint statement in the Great Barrington Declaration that the widespread lockdown policy has been a devastating public health mistake, stating, “Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.”