When you are 100% safe, you’re 0% free.
So what’s a solution? Here are some practical steps I believe a government can take that are within its authority. If these recommendations are followed, it will protect those most at risk and maintain the liberty for the rest of us to live and work.
Perform Reliable Testing
Procuring accurate and reliable tests is of utmost importance. Decisions that can impact millions of people must be done on a scientific basis with reliable data. If an infected person is to have their freedom’s restricted by quarantine, this must be shown beyond reasonable doubt. Widespread testing will help to obtain accurate statistics for cases of infection and mortality rates.
Quarantine the Infected
Individuals infected can be quarantined in their own homes and put on surveillance. Governments must be transparent about how these individuals are monitored so that any infringements on privacy can be removed once their quarantine period is over. The infected individual should be tested every week and released once they are no longer infected. The rest of society can then live and work as they normally would.
Protect the High-Risk
Additional protections can be put in place to help protect those more vulnerable, such as the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions. Hospitals and retirement villages could implement increased security measures to discourage unnecessary traffic of the general public to those places.
Educate the Public
Public campaigns to promote common sense hygiene practices (eg. hand-washing, mouth-covering) can be created to reduce the unnecessary spread of infection. Promoting a healthy lifestyle and ways to naturally boost the immune system will also help to reduce the mortality rate.