A senior medical advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden warned the United States could see severe restrictions on the economy and civil liberties for 18 months to slow the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.
“Dr. Zeke Emanuel, an adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on the coronavirus, said this week that Americans could be dealing with strict social distancing measures to combat the coronavirus for 18 months and that the U.S. ‘will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications,’” reports Fox News.
“His comments are partially consistent with statements from the Trump administration’s medical advisors and federal government documents on the pandemic. But they seem to paint a more grim picture of the country’s ability to roll back shutdowns of businesses and public life in general that are aimed at reducing the spread of the virus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19,” adds Fox.
“Realistically, COVID-19 will be here for the next 18 months or more. We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications,” Emanuel said Monday on MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.”
“I know that’s dreadful news to hear,” the Biden adviser continued. “How are people supposed to find work if this goes on in some form for a year and a half? Is all that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is we have no choice. … We cannot return to normal until there’s a vaccine. Conferences, concerts, sporting events, religious services, dinner in a restaurant, none of that will resume until we find a vaccine, a treatment, or a cure.”
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