Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview Friday that stay-at-home orders that last for too long could eventually lead to “irreparable damage.”
“Well, no bleep, Dr. Fauci,” Buck Sexton, the host of "The Buck Sexton Show" said. “You’re darn right staying closed for too long closed for too long could cause irreparable damage.”
Fauci made the remarks during an interview on CNBC.
“I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go,”he said. He continued, “In general, I think most of the country is doing it in a prudent way.”
The effects of global travel bans and stay-at-home orders have ravaged the global economy. The U.S. saw 2.4 million Americans apply for unemployment last week alone, bringing the total number of claims since the beginnings of the outbreak to 38.6 million.
“Millions of people will have their lives ruined” due to restrictive stay-at-home orders that proved to be unsupported by data, Sexton said. He said state leaders and health officials “bungled this thing from the top to bottom.
Sexton said it now appears that the country should never have been locked down. He said data suggests that practicing good hygiene, social distancing and isolating the most vulnerable would have been the best move. (He recently pointed to Florida as the gold standard.)
Fauci warned Congress last week that reopening the country too quickly will cause a second wave of coronavirus infections, which will result in "needless suffering and death."
Sexton had an exclusive meeting with President Trump at the White House earlier this week where the president vowed that he would not close the country down again. Trump said that in the event of a second wave, he would deal with it by employing the country’s “best resources” to put out any fires as they emerge.
Sexton pointed out that in the interview, Fauci cautioned governors about reducing social distancing orders too quickly.
“Why is there no sense of urgency for the reopening?” Sexton asked. Sexton imitated what officials may say, “You know, we’ll kind of take a look. We’ll give it a little time and then we’ll look. You’ll wait a few more weeks, maybe August, maybe September. We start to allow you to, you know, go outside and go buy something at the store."
He said, "No. Now. Open up now."