The pandemic-related social lockdowns and the forced shutdown of businesses, done in an effort to "flatten the curve" and prevent overwhelming hospital bed capacity, have brought the Pennsylvania economy to a standstill.


We've learned much about Covid-19 since March: It's greatest likelihood for causing death or severe illness is amongst the elderly, nursing home residents, and those with serious pre-existing conditions—most of whom can be reasonably protected.


Typically, adults of sound mind are free to seek any medical advice or treatment. But now, our whole population has been forced to accept public health advice from the opinions of a few.


Because of the shutdown, medical professionals have also seen spikes in death and disability from forced suspension of regular medical care and from the abuse or neglect of children or the elderly; they are no longer visible in the public space. All this was predicated on bureaucratic advice that was erratic, contradictory, and often-times wrong.


Businesses in Pennsylvania must continue to reopen to protect the well-being of our patients and fellow citizens. Healthy Pennsylvanians must be encouraged to leave their homes and to re-engage with society. Dr. Fauci is entitled to his opinion, but so am I.


M.Perlman, MD, MS in Bioethics


Brecknock Township