A panel of experts from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School said Tuesday that while a COVID-19 vaccine remains far off and the economy can’t handle operating halfway for too long, North Carolina doesn’t have to choose between jobs and lives.
Even as virus hospitalizations reached almost a thousand and cases climb over 75,000, the state has what it needs to save both lives and the economy, the panel said in an online conference.
Like the rest of the country, cases are rising here as critical economic activity resumes and the virus spreads to less-affected areas. But “such an increase really only becomes problematic to the extent that it imperils the health care system from being able to sufficiently respond,” said UNC business professor Christian Lundblad.
“The reality is that a vaccine may be a long way off,” Lundblad said. “So our objective, to be perfectly frank, is