Donald Trump has been standing at a podium every day and trying to assuage American’s coronavirus fears. Many states have moved to order their citizens to shelter in place. Other states have chosen to do next to nothing.
According to a Twitter rant from Sunday night, Trump would like to sped the COVID-19 response to it’s conclusion. Appearing on CNN Monday morning, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explained why it would be foolish for the President to do so.
Last night, the President tweeted “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”
WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
Dr. Gupta was asked about that tweet during this morning’s broadcast of New Day.
“Look, I mean, we’re not — we’re not there yet, that’s pretty clear,” he explained. “Even when this was first proposed, they said we’ll do it for two weeks and reassess. A couple things to keep in mind: first of all the amount of — when you’re testing patients, you’re really getting a lag time. It takes several days for someone after the time of exposure to the time that they develop symptoms and then two to three days to get the test. By the time you’re testing people, it’s about two weeks after they’ve been exposed already.”
The medical analyst continued, “If you look at countries around the world, you’d have to enact social distancing measures for them to have the impact. I’ve been talking to public health officials on and off the record, they say the goal was always to try and do this for two weeks, reassess, but the belief was that at that point we might have to get more stringent.”
Watch a clip of the interview below, courtesy of CNN: