American life is at a standstill due to the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.
Citizens across the country are wondering when their lives will return to normal.
And there was bad news on that front when Tucker Carlson asked this question about coronavirus that stopped Donald Trump in his tracks.
Donald Trump recently announced new federal guidelines for “social distancing” to minimize personal interactions to slow the spread of infection.
The administration recommended limiting all gatherings to no more than 10 people, stopping all nonessential travel and closing bars, restaurants, gyms and food courts.
While these tough measures should slow the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve” – meaning space out the infections over a longer period of time to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed which would lead to more death – they do grind the economy to a standstill.
Even President Trump acknowledges these tough actions could lead to a recession.
But the President maintains that the health and safety of the American people is more important and once the virus passes the American economy will roar back to life.
Tucker Carlson took issue with the President and his social distancing measures.
Carlson said it was important to protect people’s health, but that there should be more debate over federal and state governments shutting down the economy.
“At the same time though, we need to protect our economy, and it’s not just something that Wall Street cares about, to be totally clear,” Carlson began. “Economic decline is dangerous for everyone, especially at the bottom of the economy. It’s a legitimate human concern. It’s not just financial, it’s about families.”
Carlson conceded that shutdowns to halt the spread of the virus made sense from a scientific perspective.
“So if you ask an epidemiologist what we ought to do next, the answer is simple: shut it down, close every public space until the virus passes.”
But Carlson wondered what the cost to society would be.
Millions of Americans will lose their jobs as the economy idles under a government-mandated shutdown.
And their jobs may not be waiting for them when this is all over.
“From a public health standpoint, that makes sense, but what would be the consequences of doing that?” Carlson continued. “Millions and millions of people would lose their jobs, some of them for good. We would enter a severe recession with mass unemployment and it could get worse from there. It’s not a joke, that could happen. You would see an awful lot of people in poverty in middle America and that poses its own kind of public health risk. Poor countries are never healthy countries. If you want great health care, you’ve got to pay for it and you have to have money to do so.”
There is no doubt Donald Trump faces many tough decisions.
And his re-election chances hinge on how the American people judge the President to have handled this outbreak.
Great American Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments about the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.