Anthony Fauci warns of 'irreparable damage' if lockdowns are kept in place for too long
- Fauci said that an extended lockdown could cause "irreparable damage" in a CNBC interview on Friday.
- "We can't stay locked-down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences, including consequences for health," Fauci said.
- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made similar comments earlier this week, telling the Senate there was a risk of "permanent damage" to the
economyif states kept strict restrictions in place.
"We can't stay locked-down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences, including consequences for health," Fauci said in a CNBC interview on Friday.Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he supported states taking cautious steps to restore normalcy and lift stay-at-home orders.Advertisement
"Now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to begin to seriously look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree of normal," he said.
Fauci's remarks echo those of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier this week. During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Mnuchin said there was a risk of "permanent damage" if states delayed reopening their economies, The New York Times reported.Read more: John Fedro quit his job and got involved in real estate with barely any money. He breaks down his low-cost approach to mobile-home investing, which allows him to live comfortably on passive income.
Earlier this month, Fauci warned trying to reopen the nation too soon would result in "needless suffering and death."The amount of new
"In general, I think most of the country is doing it in a prudent way," he said. "There are obviously some situations where people might be jumping over that. I just say please proceed with caution if you're going to do that."
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