When it comes to reopening the nation, there are no shortage of opinions as to what constitutes a “safe” time to do so.
We are, after all, still dealing with an illness that can decimate at-risk portions of our population such as the elderly or the immunocompromised. Precautionary measures are undeniably important in cases where COVID-19 can spread and kill among the vulnerable, but this knowledge also provides us with a path forward in which we can prioritize our economic viability.
But, for Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, there may be no way to actually satisfy the requirements that he’s set forth in order to reopen the Garden State economy.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Monday stated the people of his state cannot “firmly enter the new normal” until a coronavirus vaccine is developed and available — something some experts warn may never come to fruition.
“Until a proven vaccine is widely available, we cannot firmly enter the ‘new normal,’ when life will once again return to all our workplaces, downtowns, and main streets,” Murphy said in a social media post…
But here’s the tricky part:
While researchers are working on a vaccine for the virus, skeptics warn there is no guarantee that an effective vaccine will be developed, as no vaccine for other forms of coronavirus have ever been approved.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has made similar claims as well, while several states, (such as Georgia and Tennessee), have already begun working their way through phased resurgences.