Treasury Secretary Advises Americans To Risk Dying by Traveling the Country
Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin is telling Americans that they should risk their lives and travel the country during the pandemic. Mnuchin gave the risky advice on Monday during an interview on Fox Business News. “It’s a great time for people to explore America,” Mnuchin said. He added, “A lot of people haven’t seen many parts of America. I wish I could get back on the road soon.” However, the CDC does not agree with Mnuchin. The top American health organization says that Americans should still stay at home. “Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19,” the agency warns on its website. The “CDC recommends you stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential.
Mnuchin also said that the president was looking at ways to open up travel. “The president’s also looking about ways to stimulate travel. We want people to travel safely — to be able to visit places safely,” he said. “So as the economy opens up, I think you’ll see demand coming back . . . Our priority is opening the domestic economy.”
Many Americans took to Twitter to express their dismay with Mnuchin’s comments.
Can we put a TRAVEL BAN on Munchkin's mouth?
Asking for 328 million friends. pic.twitter.com/S5zpjyfBK4
— lindan johnson (@lindanjohnson1) May 5, 2020
The Treasury Secretary’s comments come as America is still seeing anywhere between 20,000 and 30,000 new infections every day. Staying at home has been one of the only effective weapons against becoming infected by the coronavirus. Health experts agree that staying at home and social distancing, along with, washing your hands is the best way to keep coronavirus at bay. We can only hope that Americans listen to medical experts, and not to Mnuchin.