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President Trump, “We cannot to have a cure that is worse than the disease”

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Friday, President Trump said that determining when it will be safe to drop social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of the coronavirus is “the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make.”  

President Trump spent much of Friday’s briefing by the coronavirus task force addressing the question of when the country could expect to return to normal.

While state Governors hold the power to lift restrictions on that have crippled economic activity across the country, President Trump framed the issue as his own burden.

We cannot to have a cure that’s worse than the disease”
Couldn’t it lead to death?

Staying at home leads to death also and it’s very traumatic for this country. Staying at home, if you look at numbers, that leads to a different kind of death, perhaps, but it leads to death.” President Trump said.

“I don’t know if I’ve had a bigger decision than that, if you think, right? I mean think of that decision, somebody said, ‘It’s totally up to the President,’ and it is. I don’t know if I have had a bigger decision,” President Trump said.

But I’m going to surround myself with the greatest minds. Not only the greatest minds in numerous different businesses, including the business of politics and reason and we’re going to make a decision and hopefully it’s going to be the right decision. I will say this, we want to get it open as soon as we can.”

President Trump said that next week he would announce the formation of an “opening our country council” designed to coordinate jump-starting the economy that would include some state governors. He repeatedly stressed that he would ultimately be ‘The 1’in charge.

I can listen to 35 people. At the end, I’ve got to make a decision, and I didn’t think of it until yesterday, I said, ‘you know this is a big decision.’ I want to be guided,”

President Trump said. “I want to be guided by them, I’m going to be guided by our vice president. I’m going to make a decision based on a lot of different opinions. Some will maybe disagree and some will — I’d love to see it where they don’t disagree.

A Key point at the briefing was that the statistical models now predicting a lower number of total deaths from COVID-19, as few as 60,000, down from a range of 100,000 to 240,000 are based on social distancing continuing through May.

President Trump said, that based on his long-standing desire not to have “a cure that’s worse than the disease”: “Couldn’t it lead to death? Staying at home leads to death also and it’s very traumatic for this country. Staying at home, if you look at numbers, that leads to a different kind of death, perhaps, but it leads to death also.”

 The President agreed that abandoning social distancing too soon could result in new flare-ups of the virus, as have been seen in countries like SKorea and Japan. All of these factors, he said are factoring into his decision.

“I am going to have to make a decision and I only hope to God it is the right decision. But I would say, without question, it’s the biggest decision that I have ever had to make.”

In Los Angeles

Friday, LA County health department officials extended stay-at-home measures until at least 15 May, and possibly into the Summer, in order slow the spread of novel coronavirus. The County has been under social distancing measures since 16 March when the City of LA ordered restaurants and bars to close their facilities with the exception of takeout and delivery.

Essential businesses: grocery stores, drug stores, and restaurants are still permitted to operate provided they supply face coverings for workers.

Physical gatherings of any size outside of a single household will remain prohibited.

Earlier this week, LA County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer urged residents to skip grocery and other shopping this week if possible in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Ferrer did mention that some of the social distancing restrictions could be lifted by the summer, but those easements will depends on the data. At the moment, LA County has 8,430 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 241 deaths, with over 47,000 tests conducted.

Have a happy healthy Easter and Passover weekend, stay at home, Keep the Faith!

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