The matrix below is offered to help us think about the relationship between Shut Down Options, the Economy and the Health of the Population. The matrix applies to any country. Even seeing where the matrix is wrong and how it can be improved may help. I hope so.
It goes without saying we need a vaccine desperately and also, if possible, a cure.
Our thoughts are with all those suffering during the pandemic.
In the meantime the question is: What is the best way forward for the economy and the health of the population?
The only option to save the economy and the health of as many people as possible is to have a limited economic shutdown combined with limited social distancing (strictly enforced), supported by a general population committed to self-enforcement.
Warning: Committed self-enforcement by the general population is vital.
A huge thank you to all Health and Essential Workers world wide.