Faces of “Non-Essential” Workers, and a Real “Public Health” Perspective


The White House web and social media team is whip-sharp. A day after the event with small businesses we get highlight videos out on the lawn. Even the images over the video titles paint a picture of America beyond the Beltway and the cultural capitals; just look at the line-up of the newest videos on the White House YouTube channel. We see the leader of the nation’s oldest public health service, the original federal force to stop infectious disease from entering and spreading through our port towns and cities. He, for the first time, provides inconvenient truth about the lethal side effects of the prescribed “public health” response to the pandemic. So, you get expert and human story arguments for reopening America as quickly and fully as possible.

“Social and economic issues are even more important to our health than the medical care we receive . . . An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so safely reopening America is just what the doctor ordered.”

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  1. Rodin Member

    They are going to have to pull every lever they can to push the message through to the American people. And I am glad they are doing so.

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  2. Stad Coolidge

    Brilliant.  Put faces on so-called “non-essential” workers.  This whole response was about flattening the curve, not saving lives (although that was a welcome byproduct).  Now it’s turned into lives vs. livelihoods, and people’s jobs must be factored into the equation.  Heck, it should have been part of the original equation – sit tight for two weeks, then open up.

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  3. Weeping Inactive

    In some states, I suspect it’s going to take a lot of what Shelley Luther is doing in Dallas to get things opened up sooner rather than later. A quote from Ms Luther:

    “I will do everything I can to keep the shop open because I’m not closing the store. If they arrest me, I have someone that will keep the store open because it’s our right to keep the store open, and it’s a right for those women to earn income for their family. And if anyone has anything to say about that, there’s something wrong with you.”

    She’s also quoted as saying: “How can you support me? Open your business. They can’t put us all in jail.”


     According to the article, Jessie Levya plans to do exactly that. He owns a string of fitness studios that he plans to open on Monday, despite the fact that gyms (like hair salons) are supposed to remain closed until at least the middle of May – maybe longer.  He pointed out that it’s not just about money for many people. He’s quoted as saying: 

    My clients who battle depression and anxiety, this is their outlet. It’s not solely about weight loss, or putting on muscle and bigger biceps. It’s about their lifestyle, their sanity, getting out of the house. It’s their depression medicine.

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