Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former leader of the Food and Drug Administration, admitted in an interview last weekend that many efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus did not work out as well as the government had hoped.
Some of the statewide efforts included strict stay-at-home orders and the closure of large parts of the economy deemed “non-essential.” The result of these lockdowns was the total devastation of the U.S. economy and millions of Americans now faced with financial uncertainty.
A total of 33.5 million Americans signed up for unemployment benefits over the past seven weeks, CNBC reported, including 3.17 million last week. The report pointed out that layoffs due to lockdown orders have wiped out all the job gains for the economy since the 2008 Great Recession.
“While mitigation didn’t fail, I think it’s fair to say that it didn’t work out as well as we expected,” he told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” "We expected that we would start seeing more significant declines in new cases and deaths around the nation at this point, and we’re just not seeing that.”
As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 1.2 million coronavirus cases in the U.S. and 74, 000 deaths. Gottlieb told the network that by the end of June, the country could begin to see 30,000 new cases and 1,000 death each day. He pointed out that those numbers are the official count, and the infection rate could realistically hover around 300,000 cases each day.
“Three-hundred-thousand new cases a day,”Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,”said Thursday. “So all these people saying we’re saving all these lives in a lockdown--- I mean, we’re getting 300,000 new cases a day. How many cases would they have seen if we went to work, but limited mass gatherings?”
Sexton has been an advocate for reopening the country based on current data on the disease and its transmission. He has pointed out that some countries with far less-restrictive guidelines have seen a similar infection rate to the U.S. About two-thirds of those currently hospitalized with COVID-19 were abiding by lockdown orders, studies say.
Sexton predicted that the conversation is slowly going to shift from how to reopen the economy and limit the death toll to who should be blamed for deaths in the country.
“There’s going to be death from COVID-19 for the rest of the year,” Sexton said. “It’s 100 percent guaranteed. So now the discussion about reopening is really about who’s going to get blamed for those deaths. Not about how to stop them.”