A standoff between a healthcare worker and a woman screaming ‘Land of the Free’ symbolizes America’s struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Anger over shelter-in-place orders boiled over this weekend, including in Texas, Idaho and Wisconsin — as governors weigh options for safely opening up their state’s economies.
A group in Michigan was one of the first to stage a protest.
But Governor Gretchen Whitmer stands her ground.
Michigan has the third-highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the country.
“But we’re seeing more than a thousand new cases everyday, and more than a hundred new deaths everyday,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Arcie Gemino admitted it was tough being stuck at home.
“I was shaken by what had happened. So the first week was full of anxiety, but over the past few weeks, I have learned to accept that this is some kind of new normal that we refer to.”
Wilmar Suan said he understands the anxiety business owners feel.
“I got a lot of clients, some of them are restaurants and they are really severely impacted. On the other side, my wife is a nurse so I understand what they are going through working in that environment.”
High school senior Gabrielle Caoagas is probably not going to experience a formal graduation ceremony like millions of students, but she said she’s okay with it.
“Although that is sad, at the same time, there are more issues that are more important than just focusing on my senior year — like making sure the healthcare workers are good as they try to take care of patients with COVID and try to make sure that people do recover from the pandemic.”
There are some encouraging news in some states: Vermont, Ohio and Texas are looking to slowly reopen for business.