If Texans are worried about a second lockdown coming to the state, then they can rest easy as Governor Greg Abbott has promised that no new lockdown measures will be taken, even as cases in Texas rise.
“We are not going to have any more lockdowns in the state of Texas,” Abbott said during a radio interview with Dallas’s Mark Davis on Thursday.
“Our focal point is gonna be working to heal those who have COVID,” he added, “get them out of hospitals quickly, make sure they get back to their normal lives.”
This focus on quickly treating COVID-19 positive patients and getting them back to their normal lives means certain medications being distributed to hospitals. Abbott tweeted last Friday that bamlanivmab will be distributed across the states to medical facilities at no cost to patients.
“COVID-19 antibody therapy medicine will be distributed next week to hospitals across Texas,” he tweeted. “It has been shown to prevent hospitalizations in some patients when used before they become very sick,” he added. “There will be no cost to patients.”
COVID-19 antibody therapy medicine will be distributed next week to hospitals across Texas.
It has been shown to prevent hospitalizations in some patients when used before they become very sick.
There will be no cost to patients.https://t.co/NCv6pj7zjU
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 13, 2020
The reasoning behind not implementing another lockdown likely has two reasons. For one, there’s not enough public support for one in Texas. Epidemiology professor Rajesh Nandy told KPRC-TV that Texans were suffering from “COVID fatigue” and that they’re ready to get back to some kind of normalcy.
The other problem is that lockdowns have been shown to be wholly ineffective in keeping the virus from spreading. What it has done, however, is destroyed economies and lives, increasing suicides and depression to disastrous levels.
Not to mention the fact that even when it comes to implemented lockdowns, many of the rules are ignored, even by the very politicians that implement them. This was evidenced after election announcements were made by the media that Joe Biden had won, causing celebrations to erupt in major cities with politicians joining them, unmasked.
Abbott acknowledges that cases in Texas are spiking, but it’s clear that locking down the state would be useless and would do more harm than good for Texans who are largely unaffected by the virus. Those that are, however, should still practice measures to keep themselves safe.