Another Biden advisor, Dr. Michael Osterholm, put in a four to six week lockdown this week in case the cases continue to increase. But he went back to his comments After admitting that he hadn’t spoken to anyone on the transition team about it.
“I think the way we think about bans is different now than it was in the spring,” Murthy said on Sunday. “In the spring, when we didn’t know much about Covid, we kind of responded with an on-off switch. We just turned things off because we didn’t know exactly how it was spreading and where it was spreading.”
“The better way to think about these security constraints is to have a watch face that we turn up and down depending on the severity, and that’s really key here,” he continued. “These restrictions are applied carefully and precisely.”
What the US needs, Murthy said, is a “national alert system” that “can help states and municipalities determine when to choose their restrictions up and down” and “adequate resources to put those restrictions in place” Funds for schools to hire more teachers and improve ventilation systems.
“If we just lock down the whole country without targeting our efforts, we will add to the pandemic fatigue people are feeling,” Murthy said. “We’re going to damage jobs and the economy; we’re going to close schools and affect our children’s education.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, has done the same was pronounced against a national lockdown – although he did not rule out the possibility of Sunday.
“We’re not going to get a national ban,” Fauci said of CNN’s State of the Union. “I think that’s very clear.”
“What we will see at the local level … [are] Very surgical constraints that are the functional equivalent of local obstruction, “he continued.” But we won’t have a national lockdown. “
However, he said, “If things get really bad and you step on the pedal and still have the thrust, you may have to take the extra step that you are talking about.”
An effective introduction of vaccines “in the second or third quarters” of next year could mean a sense of normality for Americans “well into 2021,” Fauci said.
“There won’t be a light switch,” he said. “We’re not going to turn it on and off, but from normal.”
“As the weeks and months progress, things will gradually become more normal as we move well into 2021.”