This survey of how people think about COVID is very enlightening. Nobody wants the economy reopened. In an opulent country with a finicky population unaccustomed to hardship, it’s very easy to spook everybody up with stories about an imaginary apocalypse. So we are stuck for now.
While I’m at it, I want to mention the folks who think the Great Depression with its unemployment rates is somehow relevant to our current situation. This type of analogy is useless. It’s a different economy, a different unemployment, and a different world. Unemployment of 20-25% exists today in economies of developed countries at their peak. And nobody gives a crap. COVID will help push the US towards the French or the Spanish type of economy: huge state protectionism, a gigantic class stratification (which doesn’t exist in the US to any extent like it does in Western European countries), no opportunities for immigrants (when today opportunities for immigrants are absolutely phenomenal and unparalleled in the US), and a less opulent lifestyle for everybody with more limited consumption options.