Reopening the economy is better than preventing a new wave of coronavirus deaths, said a congressman in Indiana on Tuesday.
“It is the decision of policy makers to put our big boy and our big girl and say that it is the lesser of these two evils,” Republican representative Trey Hollingsworth said on WIBC-FM radio in Indianapolis. “It is not zero harm, but it is the lesser of these two evils, and we intend to move in that direction.”
His pressure to end isolation for much of the country is consistent with President Donald Trump’s desire to get the nation back to work. But medical experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said that the premature end of home stay orders could trigger a new wave of COVID-19, the disease associated with coronavirus.
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Fauci suggested Tuesday that the lack of robust testing in the country meant that hot spots could emerge from the radar and that the virus could quickly proliferate without containment. “I guarantee you, once you start to back off, there will be infections,” he said.
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Hollingsworth’s sentiment has already been expressed. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick suggested last month that senior Americans should be prepared to risk their lives against the virus to save the economy.
“No one contacted me and said, ‘As a senior, are you ready to try your life in exchange for keeping the America that all of America loves for their children and grandchildren?’ “He said on March 23 on Fox. News. “And if it is the exchange, I am completely. “
Patrick’s remarks sparked criticism from Democrats, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said the following day, “My mother is not consumable.”
Hollingsworth said on Tuesday that he was also ready to push the good life over a longer lifespan.
“We’re going to have to look the Americans in the eye and say,” We make the best decisions for as many Americans as possible, “and the answer to that is to get the Americans back to work, to get the Americans back to their businesses,” he said.
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Hollingsworth argued that the impending economic losses are far too severe to continue with on-site shelter orders designed to limit the spread of human-to-human coronavirus.
“It is always the position of the American government to say, in the choice between the loss of our way of life as Americans and the loss of life, of American lives, we must always choose the latter”, a- he declared.