I posted recently on Facebook that most of the country will reopen in the next two weeks. Places like Vegas and Disney will be back in business by end of May.


I stand by that prediction.


New reports — by reputable sources (i.e., NOT Trump supporters) that the virus may be more contagious but less dangerous to those under 60 in generally good health will help this along.


If this happens — OMG I'm about to agree with Trump — we will see a huge economic rebound in a matter of weeks and not days.


If, in fact, the revised numbers about lethality prove to be true, then we should certainly open things back up.


Trump's ham-handed and incompetent response to the virus aside, the reality is that people — all people — are gonna start to break the quarantine en masse in another few weeks at most anyway.


Americans have simply NEVER had to deal with something like this. Even World War II — as near as I can tell unless you were a Japanese-American — didn't involve much domestic hardship at all aside from some pretty mild rationing.


We do not have the collective memory that Brits, Italians, Germans or Russians have about mass societal restrictions and hardships. Thus, we are unwilling to tolerate any protracted or overly intrusive interruption to our daily routines.


This will end badly or it will end well — as much as 65,000 American deaths can be called "well" — but it WILL end.


I'm not sure which side I come down on with all this. I'd like to see things open up as much as anyone. I was supposed to start a new job March 16, I miss my kids and my grandkids. I had a boys' trip to Las Vegas planned in late May. But I sure don't want to see a second wave this fall and I don't want anyone to die just so I can go to the gym or the library.


Crazy times indeed.


Gil Lalo


Holland