Donald Trump promised that the White House would ease social distancing restrictions much sooner than epidemiologists say is necessary to prevent millions of Americans from dying.
During a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on Monday night, Trump addressed a nation anxiously socially distancing and sheltering in place, and told them America will soon be open again for business. “It’s going to be sooner than people think,” he said. “The hardship will end; it will end soon. Our country wasn’t built to be shut down.”
The president’s apparent change of heart on a national Covid-19 containment strategy came exactly one week after he had helped to roll out a 15-day plan from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help slow further spread of the deadly respiratory disease. The guidelines advise people to stay home if they or someone in their household is sick or if they’re among the most vulnerable groups, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.