On Reopening North Carolina and the Country

People want life to return to normal and some write to Raleigh City Council wondering what we must do to get there.

The main thing I am concerned about is the spreading of coronavirus by people who have no symptoms or very mild symptoms.  To deal with this, one of the things that I have been pushing for is universal testing.  

God forbid if schools reopen, the virus spreads quickly and is then taken home to people who will get very sick and possibly die.  Right now it is hard to say who will have an adverse reaction.  While older people and people with pre-existing conditions – as a group – are more likely to have adverse reactions, it is impossible to know for sure which individuals are at risk.  Some in this group don’t get sick and many do not die. On the other hand, many people who are healthy and active in any age group have conditions that they don’t even know about.  And if someone unknowingly brings the virus home, then all bets are off.

Until treatments or a vaccine are available, I think what we need to do is to test to see where the virus is and take actions to contain it.  I have been pushing for more testing and I encourage everyone to do the same.  Simply reopening businesses, schools, and churches without a plan will lead to many more illnesses and deaths.  Personally, I am disappointed that testing isn’t at a level that we need to better ensure safety. We need to do more.

We all very much want life to get back to normal and we must do so while protecting lives.

David Cox, PhD
Raleigh City Council