The carnage among small businesses is far greater than the loss of life from the virus. This is not a question of lives vs economy, it's lives lost to virus vs lives lost to economic carnage. Lives lost to economic carnage will be far greater than lives lost to the virus.
Way to many employees are using fake virus fears to justify unemployment benefits, which exceed what they earn while working. We are teaching people to be government dependents. We see signs in the national parks that say "don't feed the animals, it makes them dependent", we should not do this to employees.