COVID-19 shutdown throws President Trump and Americans into confusion and debate as they watch the impact on the present and future economy of America. Stock prices plummeted and there are braces for an expected surge in unemployment.
According to people with the knowledge of internal deliberations, Trump has received urgent pleas from nervous business leaders, Republican lawmakers and conservative economists begging earnestly to remove some of the stringent social distancing guidelines that the President put in place for a 15-day period ending March 30.
It was very strong for some of them to put life or loss of job on the line in comparison. Some of the argument says,
“No matter how many people may lose their lives to the coronavirus, many millions more stand to lose their jobs and face ruin if the economy does not reopen.”
The Wall Street Journal’s influential editorial board published editorial late last week calling on the administration, as well as governors, to rethink their coronavirus mitigation strategies. It says,
“No society can safeguard public health for long at the cost of its overall economic health.”
The above side of the divide is from the nervous business leaders, Republican lawmakers and conservative economists.
The experts and some of the senior officials on Trump’s coronavirus task force are on consensus,
“Restaurants, bars, schools, offices and other gathering places should remain closed for many more weeks to mitigate the outbreak, the worst effects of which are yet to be felt in the United States.”
Donald Trump was thrown into confusion weighing which side of the debate will benefit the Americans more. But by Monday afternoon it was obvious that Trump has yielded to the pressure to reopen business very soon at the expense of many lives that would be lost in America. The following are his words for such inclinations:
“If it were up to the doctors, they’d say let’s keep it shut down, let’s shut down the entire world. . . and let’s keep it shut for a couple of years,” Trump said Monday. “We can’t do that.”
Trump contemplated, “we’re going to be opening our country” in a shorter time frame than months.”
Donald Trump tweeted his indecision in all-caps at 11:50 p.m. Sunday, and which was repeated on Monday afternoon:
“We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself. At the end of the 15 day period, we will make a decision as to which way we want to go!”
President Trump also compared COVID-19 period to the flu season, which he said was about to be responsible for the deaths of some 50,000 Americans.
And as well as to car crashes: “You look at automobile accidents, which are far greater than any numbers we’re talking about,” Trump said. “That doesn’t mean we’re going to tell everybody no more driving of cars.”
The comparison was tagged false equivalence by Fauci and other experts. In addition, they feared that prematurely scaling back social distancing could not only hamper mitigation efforts but also overwhelm hospitals.
Trump’s pending decision sets up a clash between the scientific experts advocating strict restrictions and the political and economic advisers who share and encourage the president’s impatience.
The Democrats have responded to Trump’s indecision through Nancy Pelosi, “He’s a notion-monger, just tossing out things that have no relationship to a well-coordinated science-based government-wide response to this.”
Already there are growing tensions in America over how quickly people can return to work. More than 42,000 people in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease the virus causes, and the death toll surpassed 500 on Monday, when more than 100 deaths were reported in a single day for the first time. The spread nationally is expected to dramatically increase in coming days as access to testing expands and results are processed
Conservative economists Stephen Moore and Art Laffer have been lobbying the White House for more than a week to strongly consider scaling back the recommendation that restaurants, stores and other gathering spots be closed, but exactly what that would entail remains unclear. One option under consideration is a gradual scaling back of current restrictions, where people younger than 40 who are healthy go back to work on a certain date, followed by people ages 40 to 50, according to one person briefed on the discussions.
While President Trump has focused on the 15-day timeline, The health Experts are speaking with one strong voice. Health experts said that it is not expected the 15-day time to be enough time to defeat the virus’s spread. Cases in the United States are still rapidly increasing and have not yet reached their peak, but already hospitals are experiencing severe shortages of protective equipment and ventilators to treat the increasing numbers of patients. Because of the delays expanding testing capabilities, the country still does not have comprehensive data about the spread of the virus and its mortality rate. Therefore, public health experts have strongly warned against any loosening of social distancing measures.
Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiology professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of Harvard’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, said, “now is the time to tighten restrictions on contacts that could transmit the virus, not loosen them.”
Lipsitch said in corroboration, “if we let up now, we can be virtually certain that health care will be overwhelmed in many if not all parts of the country. This is the view of every well-informed infectious epidemiologist I know of.”