Yesterday, President Trump said he wants to “open this country up” by Easter. Why Easter? “It’s just about the timeline that I think is right…I think Easter Sunday, and you’ll have packed churches all over the country.”
Easter is less than three weeks away. And last night, President Trump backed off a little, “We’ll only do it if it’s good…I just think it would be a beautiful timeline.”
State governors and medical experts are not seeing such an optimistic schedule.
Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, a Republican, and the head of the National Governors Association, pushed back and said the timeline comes from a, “imaginary clock.”
Dr. Tina Tan of the Infectious Diseases Society of America said, “This is the making of a major public health disaster.”
The WHO has warned that the U.S. has the potential to become the new epicenter of the pandemic because of the, “very large acceleration” of cases here.
With more comprehensive testing, it can become possible to isolate infected people and slow the spread. But that’s not going to happen unless we continue to try to flatten the curve through serious social distancing and preventative measures.
There’s been a ton of debate over the past few days about “opening the economy” versus continuing to keep businesses shut down to stop the spread of the virus.
A study by economists at Northwestern University found that the social distancing measures can prevent up to 600,000 American deaths…and there’s going to be a recession whether we prevent those deaths or not.
Here are our thoughts…