On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a lead voice of the Coronavirus Task Force, explained in an interview with Science that if we impose measures that are too radical to combat the Chinese coronavirus, we will “crash the whole society.”
“There is a discussion and a delicate balance about what’s the overall impact of shutting everything down completely for an indefinite period of time.” Fauci said. “So, there’s a compromise. If you knock down the economy completely and disrupt infrastructure, you may be causing health issues, unintended consequences, for people who need to be able to get to places and can’t.”
“You do the best you can. I’ve emphasized very emphatically at every press conference, that everybody in the country, at a minimum, should be following the fundamental guidelines. Elderly, stay out of society in self isolation.” Fauci continued. “Don’t go to work if you don’t have to. Yada, yada, yada. No bars, no restaurants, no nothing. Only essential services. When you get a place like New York or Washington or California, you have got to ratchet it up.”
Fauci added, “if you lock down everything now, you’re going to crash the whole society. So, you do what you can do, as best as you can. Do as much physical separation as you can and ratchet it up at the places you know are at highest risk.”
President Trump has also suggested that the economic damage from the measures being enacted to prevent the spread of coronavirus could potentially result in a worse problem than the virus itself. The President tweeted on Sunday, “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!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020