I apologize if this should be on an existing thread. I was going to post on Swamp Gas but it was locked. I do NOT intend this thread to be politically provocative nor do I think my personal political affiliation, or that of those who disagree with my post, is relevant to the best way for the country to handle this. But I expect some salty responses since this THFSG after-all. So this is what I’ve learned: Instead of just trusting in Fauci and other Government employees I have listened to a lot of immunologists and virologists on podcasts, in blogs and in articles (often peer reviewed). It seems to boil down to to two ways to handle a highly virulent plague that kills the most vulnerable people in our society. You either: 1) Shut down all but the most essential services and keep everyone at home until it goes away or we find a cure; or 2) Try for herd immunity by keeping your vulnerable at home (those over 70, people with cancer, COPD, diabetes, etc). The advantage to choice 1 is fewer people get sick Immediately and IF we can find a vaccine soon then we saved thousands of lives. The disadvantage is if a vaccine is years in the making then option 1 is illusory and masks may be a sign of virtue but once we declare “all safe” we get a second wave from those who still have it circulating amongst us. Furthermore, option 1 is problematic in that it requires a shut-down of huge portions of the US economy. Some businesses will take years to recover and some never will. In years to come I venture to guess studies will show that there was a tremendous cost for this to people in terms of suicide, child malnutrition, domestic violence and etc. General despair. So what about 2? Herd immunity? Tough love. We could’ve said “Keep your sick, elderly and otherwise at-risk at home on your own honor. Elementary through college kids should keep going to school (also freeing up a parent having to home-school with a lap-top to go back to work).“ People under 30 have essentially zero risk of dying unless he/she is a cancer patient. Risk here is more immediate death and infection. But the brutal truth is, if enough healthy people catch it, even if they deal with a nasty flu for a week (although millions of especially young people will never know they had it) it will lead to herd immunity. Experts define that as a level of population with anti-bodies that is so high that vulnerable people can join them in a crowd and have a low likelihood of getting enough airborne virus load to get it. We actually learned this has already happened here when virologists were puzzled by LA’s low COVID mortality despite massive Chinese travel (they later discovered as many as 2 million Californians had already had it, didn’t know and now carried anti-bodies) One of the few major countries to do herd-immunity was Sweden. They experienced a GDP growth in the first quarter while the US and most of the rest of the western democracies... well you know. Gigantic staggering losses. 40 million out of work here. I am firmly convinced that herd immunity is not only the best way to get past this, but the only way (and I say this as guy with: a 96 year old grandmother, a good friend with COPD, on oxygen and another close relative who is dependent on an insulin pump. But here is the problem... and it applies to both parties and all of our government. We really did neither. We pretended to do 1 and wrecked our economy something good. But meanwhile we have people in some states and cities partying in bars and on beaches. And now we have rioting and demonstrations on our streets (for a very good reason) but all of a sudden we hear no concerns about COVID. This has been sadly and horrifically botched on both sides. The only silver lining is something I heard a doc say on a podcast during a jog the other day. He said “The US didn’t fully quarantine nor did it go for herd. Now we have no choice. It’s herd immunity”. So by default we are in #2. Let’s hope it works out. I’m a glass half full guy who actually hopes for a Gator kickoff in September. . God bless you all and Go Gators!