Paywalled? Here is the gist and cost.
Divide country into green, yellow and red zones based on percentage of infections.
1 per 36,000 would be green and mostly business as usual.
.002 to 1% would be yellow. Some regs but ramped up testing and tracing. Per example, VA is yellow now.
1% infection rates would be red and locked down.
The key is massive testing and tracing.
“The United States now administers more than 300,000 tests a day, but according to our guidelines, 5 million a day are needed (for two to three months). It’s an achievable goal. Researchers estimate that the current system has a latent capacity to produce 2 million tests a day, and a surge in federal funding would spur companies to increase capacity. The key is to do it now, before manageable yellow zones deteriorate to economically ruinous red zones.“
Cost? For testing and tracing, $74 billion. Peanuts compared to what we are now shoveling out of the treasury.
The authors are one economist and one in the science field.
In my opinion, it is the idea that we will never go back to work as “warriors” but rather as people assured of better safety. Public confidence, not coercion, will bring us to better economic places.
Or put another way, seeing the White House sealed up with daily tests, masks, etc., but being expected to risk ones life to supply meat is not helpful.
Do as I say, not as I do, might be effective with parents, but not our government.