- - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

While there may be some question as to where, when and whom to blame for a thus-far, less-than-successful fight against the coronavirus, we must now find the solution rather than affix guilt (“Trump slams media’s coronavirus coverage after days of praise,” Web, March 18).

The present battle against the coronavirus should depend on three factors: first, the brains and abilities of the researchers looking for both a vaccine and a cure; second, the infusion of funds to compensate for decreased economic activity; and third, insuring necessary civil obedience.

Certainly the rapidity of an answer to the finding and production of a vaccine, as well as medicine for treatment, are key to diminishing the effect of the virus and the potential of further damage. For economic recovery, funds are and will be required to re-establish the financial position of our leading corporations, including our banking system. For the third factor, civil obedience, both personal and governmental, enforcement will be necessary. Government intervention will be required, with no infighting between the president and the media.

The world has previously encountered infectious diseases that have wiped out populations. A prime example is the Spanish flu of 1918-20. In modern times, the battle has been and will continue to be ensuring minimal death while ignoring economic dislocations.

NELSON MARANS



New York

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