Amid growing unrest in several states about the ongoing lockdown, Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging protesters not to demonstrate, and arguing that a premature reopening would “backfire.”
Appearing on Good Morning America Monday, George Stephanopoulos asked the infectious disease expert what his message is for those who have been protesting.
“I think the message is that, clearly, this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics, from the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus,” Fauci said. “But unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not going to happen.”
Dr. Fauci: “If you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re going to set yourself back. So as painful as it is to go by the careful guidelines of gradually phasing into a re-opening, it’s going to backfire.”
— David P Gelles (@gelles) April 20, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci tells conservative anti-lockdown protesters, “Unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not going to happen.” He adds that if people “jump the gun” and reopen, “you’re going to set yourself back” and things will “backfire.” pic.twitter.com/dNsojSUORN
— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) April 20, 2020