- Sep 7, 2012
I don't really think we have the same doubts John as mine go way beyond yours. I will not deny that the infection rate will be very high and have said I believe most of us will get it eventually. There are those at risk of it being more serious and even fatal and I've heard of "some" cases of younger fit people succumbing to it although that seems very rare. Young fit people do sadly die of cancer all the time. I believe enough time has passed and the knowledge regarding the virus has obviously increased so that even with increased cases the number of deaths will either stay low or even more likely go lower than they already are. Last stats I saw from the U.S. was 0.003% dying from it.Gary I have the same doubts as you but I am not going to play an expert in a disease. I said either its not that serious or they are not letting us now or they don’t know how many are infected. It could be the weather, outdoor lifestyle and younger population helps here. But in Europe they certainly think it’s serious as several places are going back into lockdown and we have to respect that. There certainly won’t be many tourists from Europe in the near future so the pandemic has that effect on the DR.
I think that the sever damage being done to the global economies (and no it's not about $$$ but people earning a living to provide for the families), educational systems is far outweighing the damage done by the virus. I think that the D.R. is a good example of this but Colombia even more so since they had such a sever shut down (a good friend tells me that 80% of the businesses in downtown Cartagena have not re-opened). I love the country of Colombia and considered moving there but after seeing their response to this, they are off my list. I'll stay put here in the D.R. at least for now.