In March 2019, state and local authorities implemented lockdown measures in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The aim of these measures has been to "flatten the curve" in order to prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed while providing time for the development of anti-viral medications and a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The current case numbers in California suggest that we have begun flattening the curve. Importantly, lockdown measures themselves have unintended social and economic consequences. Thus, we face an important question: when should we end our lockdown measures and what should that process look like? You will write an essay stating your proposed answer to this question. There is no right or wrong answer; your paper will be graded on overall organization, quality of writing, comprehension of the issue, and the quality of your argument on the issue. Essay Format: ● Length: 1,200+ words ● Style: APA - See the Library’s APA Citation and Style Guideand Perdue's Online Writing Labfor helpful details. ● Citations: ○ You should cite at leastfivedifferent sources. ○ You must use proper in-text citations ○ You mustinclude a Reference Listat the end of your essay. ○ Note that a failure to properly cite your work will result in a zero for this assignment. ● File format: PDF As you write: ● Clearly state your thesis. ● Make your arguments supporting your thesis. ● Address any counter-arguments you might expect against your position. ● Wrap up with a conclusion.