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RetPopo

Unfortunate consequences of the earlier lockdown. Whether you want to face it or not this has to run its course. Herd immunity and blood plasma from those infected and now healthy all great until vaccine is released. Protect vulnerable as they should protect themselves but overall consequences of lockdowns are too destructive long term on many fronts. Keep in mind the overwhelming vast majority do not end up in hospital.

RNeibuhr

Plenty do end up in a hospital. Enough that hospitals are close to overwhelmed. Do you need to personally know some one that couldn't get that plasma or other therapeutics in time because the hospital was jammed and the staff were sick? What will it take for you to quit this nonsense? The doctors and nurses are telling us what's going on, and you you recklessly suggest we let it "run its course." You act like there's nothing we can do short of a total lockdown, but that's a false choice. We can wear masks universally, we can distance and not gather in groups, we can limit gathering sizes, we can decrease capacity in bars and restaurants, theatres, etc. We can do remotely all jobs that can reasonably be done so. We're not helpless. We don't have to watch people die unnecessarily. And it's just cruel and wrong to pretend otherwise. We've let your kind of defeatist thinking kill too many. Enough is enough.

RetPopo

Instead of everyone freaking out we better learn to let the virus just run it’s course. Too many troubling side issues with these lock downs. Economy, mental health, depression, abuse, suicide, alcoholism. Protect the vulnerable as they should protect themselves. Good thing Trump had Operation Warp Speed for the vaccine, of course he will get little credit from many emotional creatures who are unreasonable and reside on this planet.

RNeibuhr

Did you even read the article? If we let up and let the virus "run its course," we will have people dying because they can't even get into the hospital. We will have heart attack patients who can't get a bed because they are filled. Stroke victims sitting in a hallway. We are precariously close to that already, as this article notes.

Maybe that's okay with you. Maybe you don't care about human life. But have a little respect for those of us who do.

PhysicsIsFun

"We better learn to let the virus just run it’s course.'" You realize that this kind of thinking will lead to millions of unnecessary deaths in our country, and the related negative economic results? There is no credible person who is considered an expert in epidemiology who considers this a prudent strategy. Maybe the far right radiologist Scott Atlas thinks this is a reasonable approach, but he should stick to his field of expertise. Luckily we will soon have a new president who will listen to the experts. Let's all hope we are not too far gone by January 20th for him to help us.

johnnybragatti

Too funny...I nearly for got to laugh. Popo a severely retarded, poor misbegotten trump-humper, can"t see the forest through the trees? More like Stage 9 dementia.

Check the facts

Tribune, would you please verify the number of COVID-19 patients to have been hospitalized at Gundersen, reported here as 6,000 patients. Other sources list the total number of hospitalized patients in Wisconsin as about 14,000 since the pandemic began.

oldhomey

A fair question. I hope the Tribune responds.

Emily Pyrek Staff
Emily Pyrek

Hello, the article has been updated to reflect an error in provided data for hospitalizations.

oldhomey

Thank you, Emily. That is good journalism. Every one makes a mistake once in a while. But it is imperative that when a journalist makes one, the mistake is corrected quickly and publicly. It is what engenders trust in the process and the profession.

Check the facts

Thank you, Ms. Pyrek, for the data update, and thank you for this important and informative article.

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