Dr. Anthony Fauci is due to come before the U.S. Senate Committee on Tuesday and warn them of the risks of opening the economy too soon, stating that doing so could lead to “needless suffering and death.”
If that seems a bit like melodramatic hyperbole, that’s because it is. After all, Georgia reopened two weeks and actually had their lowest death rate and hospitalizations on Saturday.
Now, it’s important to note that the state is still calling for social distancing guidelines to be followed and that’s likely helping to keep the number of cases down, so reopening doesn’t mean ditching those standards of behavior.
Here’s more on Fauci’s statement via The Daily Wire:
“If we skip over the checkpoints in the guidelines to: ‘Open America Again,’ then we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country,” Fauci said in an email to The New York Times. “This will not only result in needless suffering and death, but would actually set us back on our quest to return to normal.”
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, will testify Tuesday before the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The hearing will mark the first time senators examine the effectiveness of the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democrats, who have been dying to politicize this whole affair to help with the 2020 election are chomping at the bit to get Fauci out there and demand the shutdown continue, caring little for the massive damage it would do to the economy and all of the death and destruction a collapse would cause us as this point.
Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat sitting on the committee to hear from Dr. Fauci, had this to say:
“The fact of the matter is, President Trump has been more focused on fighting against the truth, than fighting this virus — and Americans have sadly paid the price.”
“Since this Committee last heard from these witnesses on March 3rd, we have seen over 900 deaths in my home state of Washington, over 80,000 deaths nationally, and the numbers continue to climb. Still, President Trump is trying to ignore the facts, and ignore the experts who have been clear we are nowhere close to where we need to be to reopen safely.”
All of the comments above are to be part of a statement Murray plans on saying Tuesday during the meeting.
The inconvenient truth the left doesn’t want to face here is that we need to reopen the economy or else suffer worse consequences than those caused by the virus. Just imagine all of the food shortages, rioting, looting, violence, and death that would come about if we have more economic trouble come our way.
People are already fed up with not being able to provide for their families. The supply chain will be broken. It doesn’t seem the left is capable of thinking with the brain, but only the heart. This leads to serious trouble. Head and heart need to balance one another out.
Here’s to hoping governors take it upon themselves to do the right thing and look at the actual data and not the melodramatic rhetoric coming from people like Fauci, who has been dead wrong on a lot since this whole mess started.