Donald Trump was painfully late to the party when it came to getting behind the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control’s strong recommendation of social distancing and self-isolating in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and now it seems as though he’s itching to be the first to leave as well.
Trump spent the first portion of this pandemic trying to brush the virus off as little more than a hoax, a particularly nasty bout of the seasonal flu if you will. He encouraged Americans to carry on about their day to day lives, even head on into work with symptoms, mostly due to the fact that he was watching that precious economy of his tank at record-breaking rates.
It wasn’t until things started to get entirely out of hand that Donald begrudgingly backed the recommendations of health and disease experts and began to tell Americans to stay home and keep their distance from others.
But according to a new report from Axios, those recommendations coming from the White House won’t last much longer if Trump has his way.
In a desperate bid to save the economy that he was banking on to save his reelection, Trump apparently plans to soon tell Americans to get back to work despite the massive COVID-19 outbreak.
Axios reports that “the administration is looking for ways to get people out in the world again to fire up the economy — perhaps much sooner than Dr. Fauci would like” — as soon as within the next two weeks.
“Senior Trump officials, including the president himself, have only limited patience for keeping the economy shut down,” the report continues. “At the end of the 15-day period, there will likely be a serious clash between the public health experts — who will almost certainly favor a longer period of nationwide social distancing and quarantining — versus the president and his economic and political aides, who are anxious to restart the economy.”
While getting back to work and getting back into a flow of paychecks sounds nice at first, just check out this Twitter thread citing the Imperial College report on COVID-19 that explains why that’s a HORRIBLE idea:
We can now read the Imperial College report on COVID-19 that led to the extreme measures we’ve seen in the US this week. Read it; it’s terrifying. I’ll offer a summary in this thread; please correct me if I’ve gotten it wrong.https://t.co/AwE2cHIbeJ
— Jeremy C. Young (@jeremycyoung) March 17, 2020
According to the study, America needs a startling eighteen months for this to clear out, folks.
But Trump is far more concerned about his economy than, you know, lives.
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