Four to Six Week Nationwide Lockdown Could Curb the Pandemic and Jumpstart the Economy, Biden Covid Advisor Says

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by Andrew Trunsky


Dr. Michael Osterholm, a coronavirus advisor to President-elect Joe Biden, said that a 4-6 week lockdown that shut down businesses and compensated workers for lost wages may curb the spread of the virus and get the economy on track until a vaccine is approved and distributed.

Osterholm, the director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Yahoo Finance Wednesday that the strategy would help decrease daily case counts and hospitalizations until an effective vaccine arrives.

“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies, to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments,” Osterholm said. “If we did that, then we could lock down for four to six weeks.” Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm on what Americans should expect from the coronavirus pandemic in the next few months:

Earlier this week, Osterholm said that the United States is heading towards “Covid hell,” and said that people’s growing unwillingness to wear masks and socially distance was due to “pandemic fatigue,” according to CNBC.

In addition to Osterholm, Biden’s 12-member coronavirus advisory board includes Dr. Rick Bright, a vaccine expert and whistleblower who was fired from the Trump administration in April and is led by Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general under President Barack Obama.

The United States confirmed a record-high 143,000 cases yesterday, marking the ninth consecutive day with over 100,000 cases. Over 10.4 million Americans have been infected with the virus, and over 241,000 Americans have died, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.

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4 Thoughts to “Four to Six Week Nationwide Lockdown Could Curb the Pandemic and Jumpstart the Economy, Biden Covid Advisor Says”

  1. 83ragtop50

    They are not going to lock me down.

  2. jj

    Osterholm obviously skipped Economics 101. This num-nuts is brain-dead. This is a formula for “hyper-inflation” in the near future folks.

  3. Steve

    How in the hell does a shutdown jumpstart any economy?? During that time, even more small businesses will close. Liberals never understood economics.


  4. Four to six weeks of locking up Americans in their homes, will destroy businesses and jobs, and incomes! It will not stop the Chinese Virus! Biden and AOC intend to print money and pay People,especially the flood of Illegal Aliens and Muslim”Refugees”they say they intend to let in.
    Like Venezuela thee Socialists/Communists will reduce the dollar to toilet paper in value. Costs for everything will multiply.
    Joe Biden and the new Democrats do not represent Americans nor the Republic. They are a hostile, alien in nature force who intend, they have said so to destroy all of the fabric of what is America.