Trump Believes America Will Reopen Its Economy “Very Soon,” Health Officials Aren’t...

President Donald Trump recently delivered a speech in which he optimistically told the public about the United States’ efforts to combat the coronavirus, as well as the many ways in which he plans to recover the economy.

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This past Friday, president Donald Trump delivered a speech in which he optimistically told the public about the Unites States’ efforts to combat the coronavirus, as well as the many ways in which he plans to recover the economy once this is all over; he currently projects the economy will fully reopen by the end of May. 

Trump discussed in his speech that his administration originally projected that the covid-19 outbreak here in America could claim the lives of up to 240,000 individuals. Now, Trump is claiming that the US is still “substantiously under that number” despite his top health advisers telling him that now is not the time for overly-optimistic, and frankly unrealistic, updates. Instead, health administrators believe that the governments main focus needs to be on the “strict mitigation measures” that have been already put into play to protect the economy and contain the virus simultaneously. 

In another message from the White House, Dr. Deborah Birx, who has been working alongside the president and coronavirus task force, has stated that she has new data that shows the aggressive social distancing measures that are taking place in New York, where the virus has spread the most in America, is already working. The curve has also been flattening within the past week in New York, in terms of new cases appearing, and because of that positive news president Trump is enthusiastic that the US economy will have no problem reopening as quickly as possible. 

In contingency with the hope to continue to flatten the curve and boost the economy, the group of state health officials/researchers who have been working at Johns Hopkins University since the beginning of this whole pandemic, have created a detailed plan for what the next few weeks need to look like in America:

“[We’re calling for] a robust and comprehensive system to identify all Covid-19 cases and trace all close contacts of each identified case before any economic reopening. The plan envisions a vastly bolstered testing regimen and an army of some 100,000 workers and volunteers — far above what the federal government currently has on hand — as well as $3.6 billion in emergency funding,” the plan stated.

Trump’s health advisers and officials have cautioned that it’s likely that most Americans will not be able to go back to work and begin their normal lives again in May, however, they still project that the economy will begin to recover and curve will continue to flatten by that point. As of right now, they’re still continuing to enforce their original social-distancing measures to “stop the spread” of the virus. 

“There are places around the country that have seen consistently low levels. And that’s how we’ll reopen the country: place by place, bit by bit, based on the data,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams also said on Friday. However, the World Health Organization believes that lifting social distancing measures too soon could lead to an even deadlier resurgence of covid-19 that would be even more difficult to contain. Doctor Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert who’s been helping combat the virus since the beginning, agrees with the WHO, and is worried about the President and Surgeon General’s overly optimistic attitude. 

However, the president is mainly focusing on rebuilding the economy and what the projections for that are looking like over the continued health measures that are working to combat the virus, to a certain extent. Larry Kudlow, the White House economic adviser, recently told the media that it’s possible the economy will restart within the next eight weeks, to which the president obviously agreed.

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“There’s something good going to happen. I really believe that. There’s something very good going to happen. We have to get back,” Trump said Friday.

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Within the past three weeks of this pandemic alone, almost 17 million Americans have filed for unemployment; to put that number into perspective, it’s already exceeded the total number of jobs that were lost over the course of the 18-month-long 2008 recession. While it’s important to remain hopeful, and focus on the positive aspects of our new day-to-day lives, it’s just as important not to let a few good occurrences cloud the reality of the situation. 

Dr. Fauci emphasized that point in a recent press briefing in which he told reporters that “this is not the time to feel that since we have made such [an] important advance in the sense of success of the mitigation that we need to be pulling back at all.” Instead, we must continue our current efforts and make sure that we’re providing every single US citizen with an equal opportunity for testing and access to medicine/treatment facilities. 

Right now, over 600 employees working for the Centers For Disease Control are stationed around America assisting with covid-19 response efforts. 600 people for a country of over 300 million is not nearly enough if we seriously want a shot at stopping the spread of this virus. 

CDC director Robert Redfield told media sources recently that the agency is “going to have to substantially amplify  that workforce to ramp up contact tracing, obviously, if we’re going to try to get this nation back to work shortly after the end of this month.”

New York and New Jersey have luckily begun to see a slow in the amount of new cases that are appearing this week, but again, there is still plenty of work to be done. While the president is correct to celebrate the little wins we get with this pandemic in order to stay sane, he also needs to remember that the American people need to be taking this extremely seriously. If we want any shot at returning to a life of complete normalcy by the summer, without any resurgences of this illness, we have to stay vigilant, and stay indoors.