Sunday morning, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper that if the U.S. pursued social distancing measures in February per recommendations, we could have “saved lives.”
A frustrated Dr. Fauci admitted that responding effectively to COVID-19 in the United States was “very complicated,” but that “it would have been nice if we had a better head start.”
The NYTimes recently noted that Dr. Fauci recommended pursuing extreme social distancing measures to the president as early as the third week of February.
Measures, however, were not implemented until mid-March – nearly one month later.
Dr. Fauci was hesitant to indulge in hypotheticals, but he admitted to Tapper, “Obviously, if we had right from the very beginning shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then.”
Gee, we wonder who pushed back.
One can’t help but wonder how different the situation in the U.S. would be right now if we took measures earlier:
Would our economy be in a near total shutdown?
Would we lead the world in coronavirus deaths?
Would over 16 million people be unemployed?
Rather than look at the cold hard facts, we were burdened with a president who once again tried to bend reality to fit his agenda.
Now, we’re paying the price.