A LETTER FROM CHRISTOPHER
LETTER #2 FROM CHRISTOPHER
3,103 PEOPLE SIGNED!
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USA COVID-19
NATIONWIDE
LOCKDOWN
The United States of America is at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic. Failure to act decisively & immediately will jeopardize hundreds of thousands of lives in this country, and could obliterate the economy.
The pandemic is spreading more quickly, states are closing down again, and things are spiraling out of control. This is a graph of new daily USA COVID-19 diagnosed cases as of July 16th (source: CDC):
There is no effective action being taken at the national level, and this virtually guarantees continued & comprehensive failure.
Haphazard lockdowns by individual states will not work, as hotspots will jump around and be constantly transferred between states.
There's only one solution in the world, thus far, that's been demonstrated to be effective against COVID-19: a nationwide, three-week lockdown, to break the chain of person-to-person transmission. It will be incredibly difficult, but the alternative is far, far worse.
Other high-income countries have successfully used lockdowns to practially eradicate the virus:
We need to fix this now so we can safely and quickly get back to work and back to school.
The purpose of this web site was originally to collect & demonstrate public support for a lockdown, and to demand that the U.S. Congress works with all 50 governors to take immediate action and implement a science-based, three-week national lockdown in August 2020.
The lockdown was to be designed and overseen by the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Congress would grant NIAID every resource the organization requested to implement and enforce the lockdown.
The petition gathered over 3,000 signatures and was delivered to Congress on July 21st. This web site will evolve to maintain information about a nationwide lockdown, and perhaps launch future education or action campaigns. Stay tuned!
HOW A LOCKDOWN WOULD WORK
  • Americans would stay at home, except for the provision of critical services including food, medical care & essential services
  • There would be no travel in or out or within the United States, other than for the provision of food & medicine
  • Non-critical businesses would close during the lockdown, and their commercial leases will be suspended during the lockdown, with payments deferred until the end of their current leases.
  • There would be no commercial or residential evictions during the lockdown.
  • Each resident of the United States would receive a free COVID-19 test at the conclusion of the lockdown, and if you tested negative, you could return to normal life. If you tested positive, you'd stay at home or be admitted to a hospital and receive free care until you test negative.
  • After the lockdown, testing, isolating & contact tracing would be used to manage & contain acute outbreaks.
  • Each resident of the United States of any age would receive $2,500 to cover their rent, food, and other expenses during the lockdown.
All of this would be extremely hard, and extremely costly, but not doing it would be harder, far more expensive, and result in widespread death and economic catastrophe. It would cost almost a trillion dollars to pay Americans during the lockdown, and a great deal of funding to ramp up and implement testing and care programs and follow-up. But we've already spent many trillions of dollars without lasting results.
We need to get it done right, this time, and be strong for a few weeks to get through this, and we need to demand and empower Congress & state governors to act immediately.
This is not political: the virus does not care about politics or political parties. This is tens or hundreds of thousands more lives at stake, and the only known way to preserve our jobs, schools & economy.
Covid-19 National Response Plan
GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION
  1. Fully empower a Covid-19 TASK FORCE consisting primarily of epidemiologists
  2. Coordinate the response of EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT
IMMEDIATE VIRUS CONTAINMENT
  1. Implement a SHORT-TERM NATIONAL LOCKDOWN to contain the virus
  2. Provide FINANCIAL SUPPORT to families, businesses, and communities
SUSTAINED VIRUS CONTROL
  1. Provide TRANSPARENT INFORMATION to the public
  2. Implement a NATIONAL TESTING SYSTEM
  3. Implement a NATIONAL CONTACT TRACING SYSTEM
  4. Provide PPE to all essential workers and masks to all residents
  5. ALLOW COMMUNITIES TO OPEN based on test results
POST PANDEMIC
  1. Participate in a GLOBAL ALERT SYSTEM to detect outbreaks
  2. Create a plan to effectively address FUTURE PANDEMICS