The federal government isn’t going to rush things.
The federal government won’t end up recommending that Americans start getting back to work by Easter, with President Donald Trump extending the Center for Disease Control’s ‘Social Distancing’ guidelines to April 30th.
President Trump announced the move in a press briefing of the national Coronavirus Task Force in the Rose Garden Sunday.
The strategy represents a departure from a suggestion raised by Trump earlier in the month, who accepts the need to place the national economy on hold to appropriately focus on combating the epidemic in the United States.
“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory has been won,” stated the President. “Therefore we will be extending our guidelines to April 30.”
The guidelines suggest that Americans avoid congregating in groups of people more than ten and that most non-essential businesses and organizations physically close.
President Trump also mentioned that he’s considering to invoke further use of the Defense Production Act to marshal the manufacturing capabilities of private companies hesitant to accept government contracts to manufacture necessary supplies such as ventilators and masks.
Doctor Anthony Fauci, the President’s leading medical and scientific advisor on the efforts to contain the epidemic, suggested earlier Sunday that the disease could ultimately cause 200,000 fatalities nationwide. Such a prediction more than justifies the economically disruptive pause on everyday American life, even as some questionable economic interests ask that the President merely ignore the global pandemic and rush people back to work.
The President earlier declined to place an unprecedented national quarantine on the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, instead opting for a Center for Disease Control Travel Warning.
Now’s the time for Americans of all kinds to unite and focus their national efforts wholly on containing the novel disease.