(Liberty Bell) – Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH, who has received widespread scrutiny for his apparent flip-flops on the severity of the novel coronavirus, seems to have also had a change of heart about the necessity of widespread lockdown measures which are currently devastating the US’ economy.
On Friday, the White House Coronavirus Task Force member quite bluntly admitted that the lockdown measures that he strongly advocated for and once claimed were simply “inconvenient” for could cause “irreparable damage” to our country.
“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,” he told CNBC on Friday morning, according to Just the News.
“I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go,” he added.
This marks a very marked change from his stance in late March, when he minimized the severity of the shutdowns.
“This is tough. People are suffering. People are dying. It’s inconvenient from a societal standpoint, from an economic standpoint to go through this, but this is going to be the answer to our problems,” Fauci said on March 31 during a White House press conference.
Thankfully, on Thursday, President Donald Trump stated that, were there to be a second wave of the virus in the United States, the response would be different.
Fox News reported:
President Trump acknowledged Thursday that there could be a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic later this year, but flatly stated he wouldn’t let any further outbreaks shutter the economy again.
“People say that’s a very distinct possibility,” Trump said when asked a possible second wave while in Michigan. “It’s standard. And, we’re going put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country.”
Trump’s comments came as he was touring a Ford Motor Co. plant outside of Detroit that has converted its automobile manufacturing facility into one making ventilators. During a speech at the plant, the president praised Ford workers for their efforts to produce thousands of ventilators during the pandemic.
“The global pandemic proves once and for all that for America to be a strong nation, America needs to be a manufacturing nation,” Trump said. “I’m fighting to bring back our jobs from China and many other countries.”