Letters: Let science be your guide

Letters: Let science be your guide


I applaud The Daily News for the many informative articles it has been running about the COVID-19 health and economic crises.

The article about the 1918 flu epidemic (April 6) was particularly alarming. An estimated 675,000 Americans died for a death rate of 2.5%.

As of May 20, nearly 95,000 Americans have died from the virus. A month ago, the number of deaths was 15,000. We are still in the midst of this pandemic and, despite 100 years of scientific progress, we are not following the lessons learned in 1918: respond early, reopen cautiously, tell the truth.

How long are we willing to accept the preventable deaths of 2,500 Americans every day? There are no easy answers, but we do have scientific guidance.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was set up in 1946 to control the introduction and spread of infectious diseases. Its budget is $11.1 billion and has 10,900 employees. The CDC has the expertise to help us weather this crisis. We need to base our actions on the advice of experts.

Let us not repeat 1918.

Laurel A. Murphy


Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

As a priest in Cowlitz County (St. Stephen's Episcopal church), I was personally offended by the remarks of Commissioner Arne Mortensen on Tue…

In this time of political and economic uncertainty, it's easy to adopt a "fight or flight" response, and that includes here in Cowlitz County.

Endorsing Carolyn Long's campaign for the 3rd Congressional District seat is meaningful because of her strong platform and accessibility. As C…

Recently Gov. Jay Inslee spoke to a national forum about his belief that the COVID-19 crisis is the perfect time to take advantage of the oppo…

The objection to wearing face masks and distancing that some seem to be voicing exposes at least one fact: common sense is in rather short sup…

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our lives like nothing ever has before. After two months in quarantine, my family is still sticking tog…

This letter to the editor is to address the situation regarding the woman who had her heat pump worked on and the thermostat cost $51.99 on Am…

Oprah Winfrey said to keep a grateful journal. Every night list five things that happened this day that you are grateful for.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alert

Breaking News