A Nobel laureate predicts a quicker coronavirus recovery: “We’re going to be fine.”
In the wake of the Democrats’ antics related to legislation to help Americans recover economically from the consequences of a pandemic, President Donald Trump offered a none too subtle clue as to what may happen after the end of his 15-day Presidential Coronavirus Guidelines:
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
President Donald Trump has said the US will make a decision at the end of a 15-day period on ‘which way we want to go’ to fight coronavirus, implying that the country could re-open – just hours after New York City went into lockdown at 8pm on Sunday.
‘We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,’ he said on Twitter.
…The president issued new guidelines on March 16 aimed at slowing the spread of the disease over 15 days.
Earlier on Sunday pledged to send the national guard into Washington, California and New York, as the hardest hit states were declared disaster zones.
The disaster declaration will provide federal assistance for both emergency protective measures and crisis counseling in Washington, the White House said.
Trump said Sunday: ‘And through (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the federal government will be funding 100 per cent of the cost of deploying national guard units to carry out approved missions to stop the virus while those governors remain in command.
Thousands of people on boats ignore Florida’s strict rules on no gatherings, bunch together and party in the sea
Should the guidelines end after the 15-day period has passed, I am sure only part of the decision will come from the Democrats’ stunts.
Another factor will be the fact you have to go to war with the army you have.
Thousands of Spring Breakers in Florida have once again defied a state order to stop mass gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak as they partied on yachts at sea.
Government officials in Boca Raton on Sunday shared images of revelers drinking on several boats in the waters surrounding Peanut Island.
One image showed at least 15 boats gathered in one large spot in the middle of the water as passengers partied.
Shortly after the images emerged, city officials released a statement announcing the closure of the area.
FINAL STRAW: Drone video over Miami, Florida, shows large groups partying on boats in Haulover Inlet despite warnings over the coronavirus, prompting the Miami-Dade County Mayor to shutdown boat ramps and marinas countywide. https://t.co/J8jEP7LKNY pic.twitter.com/YowY0efYbW
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) March 22, 2020
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson ‘feel better’ after coronavirus diagnosis
A consideration in the possible termination of the guidelines may be related to the increasing number of recoveries from COVID-19.
Tom Hanks says he and his wife Rita Wilson are recovering after their positive diagnosis for coronavirus.
“Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better,” he wrote in a tweet posted on Sunday.
The star also encouraged social-distancing, saying “sheltering in place works like this: You don’t give it to anyone – you don’t get it from anyone”.
The couple are now in self-quarantine in a rented home in Queensland, Australia following hospital treatment.
Coronavirus crisis will ‘get bad’ this week, Surgeon General warns
We have eight more days until the 15-day period concludes. America’s Surgeon General wants the nation to make preparations for the numbers likely to be reported this week.
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Monday gave a stark warning about the escalating coronavirus crisis, saying, “I want America to understand — this week, it’s gonna get bad.”
“As the nation’s doctor, I’m here to help America understand where we need to respond to this,” Adams told the “Today” show, saying that “every single second counts” in the fight against the pandemic.
…“It’s important for people to know: You can get this disease, you can be hospitalized from this disease [and] you can die from this disease. But most importantly, you can spread it to your loved ones. So we need you to really lean in,” Adams stressed.
Why this Nobel laureate predicts a quicker coronavirus recovery: ‘We’re going to be fine’
Let’s end today’s update with a bit of good news.
Michael Levitt, a Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist, began analyzing the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide in January and correctly calculated that China would get through the worst of its coronavirus outbreak long before many health experts had predicted.
Now he foresees a similar outcome in the United States and the rest of the world.
While many epidemiologists are warning of months, or even years, of massive social disruption and millions of deaths, Levitt says the data simply don’t support such a dire scenario — especially in areas where reasonable social distancing measures are in place.
“What we need is to control the panic,” he said. In the grand scheme, “we’re going to be fine.”
I believe that the best plan is for the country to be open-for-business once the 15-day period ends. Open the country after the doctors receive the treatments, companies manufacture masks and ventilators, and we all have a better understanding of the virus. Levitts’ piece ends with a solid rationale for getting back to normal as soon as reasonably possible.
He fears the public health measures that have shut down large swaths of the economy could cause their own health catastrophe, as lost jobs lead to poverty and hopelessness. Time and again, researchers have seen that suicide rates go up when the economy spirals down.
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