After initially appearing to take the coronavirus seriously, Gov. Abbott met with Trump and then immediately decided to reopen Texas despite mountains of evidence demonstrating that this will put many people at grave risk of death.
Reopening the Texas economy is important. But people won’t stop dying preventable deaths just because politicians are impatient and in denial. Gov. Abbott should look for guidance from other countries and states that have successfully mitigated the coronavirus’s economic impact.
Had Gov. Abbott confronted the coronavirus head-on, rather than stumbling and staggering in the political winds, Texas could be reopened and thriving by now. It’s not too late to start doing the right thing. The model varies country to country, but the basics are:
- Lots of testing
- Isolating those who test positive
- Contact tracing
And, of course, quality health care. (Expanding Medicaid should be a no-brainer for the governor.)
Tell Gov. Abbott your concerns over reopening the state by filling out the form below.
(Need inspiration? See what other Texans had to say.)