States and cities waiting for a coronavirus cure or proven treatment before reopening is the equivalence of a person waiting to hit lotto to finally gain financial independence, Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show” said Friday.
Sexton made the comments as states and cities—like Los Angeles—begin to pin their hopes on a coronavirus cure that may never come.
“If the whole plan is really just to sit and wait and hope for a vaccine or a proven therapy before the end of the year, that is a massively stupid gamble that is equivalent of winning the lottery,” Sexton said. “Given what we’re already seeing from this virus, it’s just not going to happen. And the devastation is unfathomable to our economy right now.”
The federal and state governments are trying to determine how best to reopen the economy while balancing the risk for new infections. The coronavirus has been challenging for health officials because it is highly contagious and many can be asymptomatic carriers that can spread the illness.
There is a worldwide effort to produce an effective vaccine, treatment or cure, but experts admit that these remedies could be—at the minimum—12 to 18 months away. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergencies expert, told Reuters earlier this week that the disease may never be vanquished to the dust bins of epidemiological history.
“It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away,” he said. “I think it is important we are realistic and I don’t think anyone can predict when this disease will disappear. I think there are no promises in this and there are no dates. This disease may settle into a long problem, or it may not be.”
Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles mayor, told ABC News’ “Good Morning America”earlier this week that the city would never be “completely open” until there is a vaccine.
“We’ve never been fully closed, we’ll never be completely open until we have cure,” he said.
Garcetti’s comments have been criticized by some who say that cities that refuse to reopen should not be given federal bailout money that is currently being considered in D.C.
Sexton has been a vocal critic of statewide lockdown orders and said the U.S. economy cannot continue to lose three million jobs a week and remain under the state of constant lockdown.
“We are in a period of mass hysteria,” he said. “People are making poor decisions.”