Protestors against the Stay at Home order showed up at the Arizona State Capitol


Jason White

Protestors gather at the Phoenix State Capital to Reopen Arizona

Ivana Venema-Nunez, Reporter

On Friday a couple hundred protestors gathered at the Arizona State Capitol to demand to lift Governor Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home executive order that was extended until May 15 on Wednesday.

Protestors chanted “end the lockdown”, holding signs stating “As temp rise, the virus dies” and “Ducey let my people go”—even though there is not enough evidence among the medical community about the contention that the heat will slow the virus to the point of being “safe” to reopen communities.

At a similar protest last week, counter protestors showed up including medical personnel and Arizona nurses.

Some of the protestors taunted the nurses as they tried to tell them to at least wear masks and keep six feet apart.

People across the nation and the globe are angry at the protestors and feel that they are being careless and potentially risking others by demanding to be in public with no protection or regard for the safety of others.

Sweden has approached the pandemic differently and in the middle of April, when the curve of the pandemic was raising everywhere in Sweden the economy was open, restaurants, cafes and schools are reportedly still open.

In an interview conducted by NPR, a Swedish journalist, Sanna Björling explains the experience.

“I think most people that I know and talk to – they support the recommendations that we have, and they support the guidelines. But they all – but they – we don’t really know yet what the outcome will be. It’s really too early to say. But so far, it seems to be working.” Bjorling said.

However, the Swedish CDC recommended social distancing and to only leave home for necessities —and at that time it was too early to determine what the outcome would be.

The outcome is reportedly significant—as of April 16, Sweden has 18,640 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 2,194 deaths, making Sweden’s numbers of 217 deaths per 1 million people significantly higher than, Norway, Finland and Denmark.