What would happen—
If kids in all K-12 schools, colleges, and universities went back to school.
If neither teachers nor students wore masks.
If sporting events had spectators.
If stadiums were allowed to fill to capacity.
If football coaches and their staff ceased wearing masks.
If stores removed directional arrows from their floors.
If waiters and waitresses stopped wearing masks.
If cities and counties reopened their parks, playgrounds, and basketball courts.
If restaurant patrons stopped wearing masks when they walked to their table and to the restroom.
If every place of business removed social distancing lines and circles from their floors.
If all the bars and nightclubs reopened.
If all the gyms reopened.
If family members could visit the elderly in nursing homes.
If all the movie theatres reopened.
If no one wore masks to theatres.
If no one practiced social distancing.
If no one wore masks to amusement parks.
If family members could visit sick relatives in the hospital.
If all concerts resumed.
If people didn’t wear masks on airplanes.
If airlines didn’t block their middle seats.
If people quit wearing masks while bike riding.
If all the churches reopened.
If everyone sang in church.
If churches stopped only seating people in every other pew.
If no one wore a mask to church.
If all lockdowns were lifted.
If grocery stores quit wiping down their carts.
If people stopped washing their hands twenty times a day.
If no government offices did temperature checks.
If all the beaches reopened.
If no one wore face shields.
If no one wore a mask while working out at the gym.
If all curfews were ended.
If all barber shops and nail salons reopened.
If Americans all stopped being germaphobes.
If stores removed their plexiglass shields.
If everyone stopped bathing their hands in hand sanitizer throughout the day.
If all the buffets opened back up.
If businesses opened to 100 percent capacity.
If people stopped wearing masks in their car.
If life returned to “normal.”
What would happen? Knowing what we know now about the coronavirus, I can say with confidence that absolutely nothing would happen that has not happened already or will happen in the future if things continue as they are.
John Tamny was exactly right when he wrote back on March 21:
What would have happened on the city, state and national levels if politicians had quite simply done nothing in response to the spreading virus? If so, does anyone seriously think that the death rate would be substantially higher, and that information about this potentially lethal virus wouldn’t have reached a population increasingly connected to the internet all day, and every day?
Had governments done nothing in response to the Coronavirus, individuals and businesses would have done much more, and done so without going out of business.
The cure for the coronavirus is truly much worse than the disease.
Laurence M. Vance [send him mail] writes from central Florida. He is the author of The War on Drugs Is a War on Freedom; War, Christianity, and the State: Essays on the Follies of Christian Militarism; War, Empire, and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy; King James, His Bible, and Its Translators, and many other books. His newest books are Free Trade or Protectionism? and The Free Society.