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President Donald J. Trump presents American Trucking Associations truck driver Stephen Richardson with a commemorative key on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday, April 16, 2020, during an event recognizing the front line efforts of truck drivers during the COVID-19 crisis.. White House Photo/Joyce N. Boghosian

By Michael Brown, The Stream, April 20, 2020

America’s leaders have some very difficult decisions to make in the days ahead. If they wait too long to reopen the nation (or, their state), they risk crippling the economy. This would result in much human suffering for years to come. But if they open things up prematurely, the virus might spread out of control. This, too, would result in much human suffering, especially in the short term. What is the right thing to do?

At the outset, I want to state plainly that I claim no scientific or economic expertise. I am not the one to figure out the wisest economic strategy or the safest medical path.

My Ph.D. is in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, and I did not take a single undergraduate or graduate class related to economics, science, or the medical field, let alone epidemiology. (The fact that my doctoral dissertation focused on the Hebrew word for healing allows me to speak with expertise about related biblical, linguistic, and spiritual topics, not about the best national procedures for dealing with viruses.)  ….

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