The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, said Friday that he is “totally in favor” of reopening the country if it is done appropriately and cautiously.
Fauci is starting to change his tune after a huge backlash from medical doctors across America.
Previously Fauci has discouraged an opening of the economy too soon. Just a week or so ago Fauci warned of “serious” consequences if the U.S. reopens too soon.
Why now, perhaps because more than 600 doctors wrote a letter to President Trump asking for him to call an end to the “national shutdown” aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, calling the widespread state orders keeping businesses closed and kids home from school a “mass casualty incident” with “exponentially growing health consequences.”
The letter outlines a variety of repercussions the doctors have observed resulting from the coronavirus shutdowns, including patients missing routine checkups that could detect things like heart problems or cancer, increases in substance and alcohol abuse, and increases in financial instability that could lead to “poverty and financial uncertainty,” which “is closely linked to poor health.”