By Jon Sandlin Editor
What could one of the secrets be to controlling COVID? Is it masks? Probably not, unless you are sick or at risk (in which case stay home). Is it shutting down all businesses except big box stores? Nope, also probably not. The solution could be much simpler. Get American's back to small businesses.
When looking at countries such as Sweden who has so effectivley controlled COVID, an observation that must be noted, is how many small businesses are prevelant in our Nordic allies country. Small businesses by defualt, encourages people to spread out. This in turn keeps people away from all gathering in one location. When the US locked down in march, what we really did is create super spreader events. We said, lockdown, close all business, but instead gather in mass at walmart, home depot, and other essential mega corps.
How silly we must look to shutter one of our greatest defenses. Small business. Who, by it's very nature, encourages people to spread (aka distance) to their communities smaller businesses to get what they need. We, in turn created a scenario, where tired and burned out Americans stuck at home, had only one place to gather en masse. The same place everyone gathered. At their local mega stores. Meanwhile, their local small town alernatives were shuttered. Governors who are controlled by big business lobbiest's forced everyone into a few large locations.
The secret to our health could be really as simple as focusing back to small businesses. Getting Americans out and about in the community but in a way that naturally encourages spreading out in the community vs gathering in central locations and wearing reused old masks day in and day out.
Let's follow the lead of our Nordic friends. COVID is not going away and we must learn to live with it. Do we really think large box stores should be shutdown? No, but every small business NEEDS to be reopen 100% so we can naturally be encouraged to spread out in the community to distance. All that lockdowns create (which are not true lockdowns) are places were many more people then normal, gather at their local big box stores.
Let's REOPEN and get back to what America does best.
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