Strict pandemic restrictions negatively affect economy

Original source:Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 18, 2020

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New information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently flipped the conversation around COVID-19 upside down. The agency noted that 94% of what have been labeled COVID-19 fatalities involve, on average, 2.6 additional underlying health conditions or causes of death. In other words, the pandemic fatality data — which has been the focus of the news cycle since March — is misleading.

Gov. Tom Wolf should adjust the state’s lockdown policies to adapt to the new reality; current rules are simply too strict given the relatively modest threat the virus poses to most residents. Allowing all businesses to operate under their own judgement and giving them the autonomy to implement safety protocols that best fit their operations should be the priority.

Entrepreneurs know how best to protect their employees and consumers, not Big Brother.

Read the full op-ed on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Guy Berkebile, owner of Guy Chemical and a partner of the Job Creators Network Foundation.