Are we getting our road to recovery from the Covid-19 crisis wrong and is our strategy leaving us in the power of the virus for longer?
It was a question posed in an open letter by 1,000 fine scientific and medical minds yesterday.
The Government has chosen a policy of suppression, where we live with a low level of the virus that may not leave us, until there is a vaccine, and threatens a second wave. But should we aim for elimination, beating the virus down to zero, a joyful feat New Zealand marked yesterday?
New Zealand has been strict about who is allowed enter the country. Its borders are closed to almost all travellers.
But within the country, weddings, funerals, hospitality and public transport will resume and there will be real people among crowds of supporters on its rugby stands from next weekend.
An open letter, signed by more than 1,000 scientists and medics in Ireland, yesterday kick-started the suppression versus elimination debate.
Led by Prof Anthony Staines of Dublin City University and two fellow academics, they said instead of "suppressing" the virus, we need to "eliminate" it.
"We have come to a watershed moment, a fork in our road. The path we choose will determine our future for years to come.
"Our current policy is to live with the virus under a long-term mitigation strategy, with the risk of future surges and lockdowns until when, or if, a vaccine becomes available.
"We have another option: we can do as many other countries have done, choose to suppress and eliminate this virus - 'crushing the curve'."
The other authors of the letter are Prof Gerard Killeen of University College Cork and Dr Tomás Ryan of the school of biochemistry and immunology in Trinity College, Dublin.
The letter pointed to the rush to get back to "normal".
It asked: "What does 'normal' look like if the virus continues to circulate?
"Right now, public transport is planning for 20pc of 'normal' capacity, pubs and restaurants 30pc, schools, at best only 50pc. The costs of childcare, already high, will be impossible for many.
"Many workplaces will need expensive re-design. Many people will drop out, or be pushed out of the labour force.
"All of these are real costs, and will, we believe, far exceed the short-term costs of lockdown."
They want an all-island approach, pointing to other countries that have already "largely halted the virus, including South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Greece, China and Iceland".
So what do they propose needs to done to aim for elimination?
They identify three key areas, including a testing and contact tracing regime with a super-fast turnaround.
The HSE reported last week it met its three-day target in 82pc of cases. This is still too long a turnaround in the eyes of many scientists.
They also want the widespread use of face masks and "sensible restrictions" on travel.
Those three elements unite them, although there are varying opinions among the signatories on whether the country should stay in semi-lockdown.
If the strategy is followed it would mean no lifting any time soon of the advice against non-essential travel abroad, despite the ads by airlines resuming flights to sun spots from July.
It would also mean the introduction of mandatory two-week quarantine for people flying here. Currently the filling out of a location form is mandatory and the arrivals are advised to quarantine, but it is not compulsory.
Prof Staines said yesterday: "Right now, we're aiming to live with the virus, into the future.
"A vaccine, if there ever is one, is a distant hope. Looking in the papers today, we see new rules for shops, fewer tables and seats in pubs and restaurants, reduced capacity on public transport, fewer beds in hospitals - and trolleys back in emergency departments - no tourists, higher costs for childcare, and staggered school start times.
"These are huge costs, possibly lasting for many years."
He called for testing and contact tracing within 48-72 hours from initial symptoms to quarantine of close contacts. Test visitors at the airport, and again at their accommodation, he said.
Assess the lockdown measures, and modify as is safe.
"The lockdown has a lot of separate measures. Some are very questionable. Some are vital.
"We urge that each separate measure be subject to a public risk assessment, before further changes are made.
"Many other EU countries have made the choice to go for zero, to 'crush the curve'.
"They will benefit from restoration of more or less normal life, working public transport, freedom to travel, and for people to visit. It's not an easy choice, and it's not easy to do."
He said if we can do it too, we can link with these countries and more for travel, business, and trade.
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said the aim is to push the virus as low as possible.
He believes it is impossible to fully eliminate it. A balance has to be struck and the country could not stay in fully restrictive measures, he said.
It was good New Zealand had eliminated the virus but it is at the other end of world. We are in Europe, the epicentre of the virus, he added.