Baker Plan Seeks Balance Between Public and Economic Health
The difficulty inherent in balancing public health and economic activity during a pandemic was highlighted in a social media post from Rep. Jon Santiago on Monday morning. An emergency department doctor at Boston Medical Center, Santiago said his hospital has seen "significant improvement" in the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in recent weeks, but questioned whether the situation has improved enough to restart the economy.
"My concern is that we might have a second surge if we reopen up too quickly. And even in countries that have done a good job of controlling the epidemic -- Germany, South Korea -- they've seen outbreaks and second surges, and that's what we want to try to avoid here," he said as he finished the third of three overnight shifts in the "wicked busy" ER at BMC. "So we have to make sure that we set appropriate benchmarks and follow those. And I don't know if we're there yet."