Well, there ya go.
Evidence free decision making continues to be the standard operating procedure in the Indiana Statehouse.
Of note in this article is this very interesting choice of phrasing:
Holcomb said the current problem driving an increase in positivity is less about larger gatherings than it is in the behavior of individuals.
“It’s our behavior, our actions that need to be addressed," he said. "The shutting down approach is missing the point.”
Positivity on the rise sounds like something we should be happy about, right? Not in this case. Not only that, according to the Governor, the problem here is not poor leadership by the government, but rather people making bad choices. This is the typical Republican / conservative approach, blame the victims.
We know that the two places where COVID-19 spreads the most are churches and bars. In Indiana they opened up the churches first. In this article, we see that bars can operate with no restrictions on capacity. Who made those decisions? Perhaps, it is the Governor's behavior and actions that need to be addressed?
These stories keep coming out. Just today, I read that the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, may step down from his role due to ongoing health issues from his COVID-19 infection. There are also studies coming out that indicate that it is possible to become infected more than once. That adds concern about even the possibility of a vaccine.
A thought experiment: What would it look like 5 years from now if there is no vaccine and no erradication of COVID-19 in countries that did not bother with an elimination strategy? What about those that had a good elimination strategy? In which case would there be a healthier population, less drag on health care systems? What about economies? Consumerism?
We are small business owners too. The pandemic caused a massive slowdown in work this year. The people who are whining about the effects on business (as if it were monolithic), are dismissive of those businesses who are nimble and pivot, and those who plan for contingencies with sufficient rainy day funds.
Clearly, there will be businesses that fail. Some of them rely on paying and treating their workers poorly (i.e. exploitation). I have no sympathy for those businesses or their owners. Others will succumb to changes in the market, which will inevitably happen. Others still, will adjust and come out okay. New business will also emerge.