Listening to measures to combat the spread of Coronavirus in Italy, Spain and other countries you may ask yourself if we are actually witnessing the imposition of police states with an end to civil liberties and the rights to conduct our business without state interference.
For example what gives Governments the right to interfere with lawful private business and enterprise? Such businesses may go under financially as a result of being forced to close as a first line of defence in the containment of the spread of the Coronavirus. Under the circumstances it appears that certain sectors of the economy are being unfairly persecuted whilst other areas of business and enterprise go relatively unscathed. Why should some have to pay and be sacrificed to protect others when surely we are all in this together. Those that do pay a high price in the Coronavirus outbreak should be assisted to cope and not be put at risk financially and we all have a moral duty to ensure that everyone is adequately protected and allowed to come through this period without having to pay the cost with our own livelihoods and putting our families at risk of long term hardships. Forcing economies into recession and increasing unemployment for many is surely not the right way to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak. The outcome for many will be that they will loose their jobs, their income, and their homes and possessions. This is a bleak way to handle this crisis and crippling your economy as a result, the impacts of which will last much longer than the Coronavirus outbreak itself. Coronavirus may be eventually long gone but this is likely to be sooner than the long term effects and hardship which will come as a result of crippling your economy and by plunging it into a deep recession. Sure we have to take steps to protect the most vulnerable in society but there must be a better way to do this that doesn’t involve making free democratic countries into police states. The elderly and vulnerable must be protected through self isolation if at risk and we must help them to do this until the Coronavirus has ended. However we must also protect the younger generations as well by making sure that our domestic economies survive in tact, post Coronavirus, in order to provide opportunities for both current and future generations.