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Whatever happened to 'flatten the curve'?

Editors, Washington Examiner

Schools are not remaining closed because we failed to flatten the curve or because the medical system is in danger of collapse. They are closed because politicians have abandoned the “flatten the curve” standard in order to chase some vague and arbitrary concept of safety and risk elimination. Now that we have abandoned the concept of flattening the curve, there is no limiting principle to the draconian steps being taken by local officials. Human activities (schools) cannot remain indefinitely closed as we await an effective vaccine that could be years away.

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