Social Distancing, Blood, and Hair
By David Henderson
North Carolina economist Roy Cordato, whom, with his wife Karen, my wife and I became friends with when he was a graduate student at George Mason University and my wife was the editor at the Center for the Study of Market Processes, writes:
Yesterday I gave blood at a local blood drive. The room where it was held, at a local church, was probably about 1.5 times the size of a typical hair salon, maybe a Great Clips. In the room were about six beds for donors, didn’t count, and about 20-25 people with some people coming and going. Everyone had their temperature taken before entering and was wearing a mask. The only person I saw without a mask was actually a police officer. There was no room for social distancing and the waiting area was quite small with a couch and two chairs.
This is deemed safe–and I’m not saying it isn’t–and a hair salon that follows all the same protocols and is only allowing 1 or 2 customers in at a time with everyone else waiting either outside or in their car is not?
Question for those who advocate lockdowns: Should North Carolina’s state government shut down the local blood drive? If so, why? If not, why not?