How Much Quarantine is Too Much Quarantine?

Although most of the nation is currently stuck in their homes, quarantined to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some around the United States asking the question: “Might we be doing too much?” These are the people who are protesting or blatantly disregarding government mandated quarantine. While these people may shrug off the dangers of coronavirus or consider themselves immune, the risk they face by neglecting social distance is still very real. What many people fail to consider is that, while an individual may be healthy enough to fight off the virus, breaking quarantine could cause them to inadvertently transmit it to someone who is less able to survive the illness. Furthermore, a person may be a carrier and not know it.

One of the most publicized instances of many people putting themselves and others at risk through failing to social distance is those who have attended religious services since the outbreak of the pandemic. There have even been some pastors who have claimed that the virus dare not affect those who gather to worship Christ, both a ludicrous and dangerous claim. While it has been difficult for many Christians to be separated from their faith communities during their holiest days, this cannot be used as an excuse to risk continuing the spread of coronavirus. 

Recently, there has been an increase in the claims that stay-at-home orders should be lifted to help aid the economy. While many people have been deeply affected by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic it is important to ask: “Would you rather be unemployed or dead?” While this question may seem radical in its nature, these are the stakes the world is facing now, and it is important to remember the value of each and every human life.