While it is certainly true that fear and anxiety about the coronavirus will cause both emotional and economic problems, it is shocking to me that so many people still do not understand why we are locked down. Mr. Boreen quotes The Hill as saying that 0.17% of the U.S. population has been infected, which is inaccurate only in the sense that we have not had testing so we have no idea how many people have been infected.


What we do know for certain is that people without symptoms are infected and are spreading the disease, as demonstrated by the hundreds of positive tests for symptomless sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.


Most of the U.S. population would be positive fairly quickly without the lockdown and we are all at risk until we have a vaccine. Therefore, it follows that if we did not practice social distancing, our hospitals and our medical systems would be overwhelmed.


As it is now, because we are "flattening the curve," our hospitals are operating, though with already limited resources, and medical professionals are able to save lives, which would not be possible if we were all sick at once.


We may still all be infected at some point, but our medical system won't collapse as long as we observe safe practices. By the way, Mr. Boreen, are you really OK with two out of every 100 people you know dying? I am not. For this, yes, we shut down our country.


— Maureen Murley, Rockford