How Much Longer Will Americans Choose to Obey a Quarantine?


MINOT, N.D. — “You would be singing a different tune if you didn’t have a paycheck coming in.”

That’s a response from a reader.

I got it yesterday when I expressed skepticism about lifting North Dakota’s COVID-19 quarantine restrictions as a group of conservative North Dakota lawmakers from across the state asked in a letter yesterday to Gov. Doug Burgum.

As of the most recent report from the Department of Health, our state has only 13 people hospitalized currently due to the virus. Despite being in the top 10 in terms of per-capita testing, North Dakota has nearly the lowest rate of positive tests.

The lawmakers cited these numbers to bolster their argument for re-opening the state.

“The problem with citing North Dakota’s relatively low rates of infections from the COVID-19 virus is that we may very well be enjoying those low rates because of the very restrictions these lawmakers want lifted,” is what I wrote in rebuttal to their argument.

Then the reader rebutted me.

And you know what? He’s got a point.

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