CNBC reports that one of Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisors would be in favor of a four to six-week national lockdown.
At the time of this writing, Biden has still not been officially declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. He, nevertheless, continues to proceed as if he is the president-elect, putting together various teams, including a coronavirus advisory board.
Biden has appointed twelve members to this board, and one of those members is Dr. Michael Osterholm. Osterholm is the director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
What has really caught people’s attention, however, is:
Osterholm’s coronavirus plan
With the recent spike in coronavirus cases, Osterholm believes that America is about to become a “covid hell.” But, he has a plan to prevent this: a four to six-week national lockdown.
Osterholm believes that such a lockdown would drive down both the number of new cases and the corresponding number of hospitalizations. Osterholm also believes that a financial package is necessary to make this happen.
“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments,” he said. “We could do all of that. If we did that, then we could lockdown for four-to-six weeks.”
Our fears, confirmed
One of the most important questions before the 2020 presidential election was whether Joe Biden, if elected, would lock America back down in the fight against the coronavirus. As with most things, he never really gave us a definitive answer to that question.
Back in August, Biden said that he would do “whatever it takes” to combat the coronavirus, including institute another national lockdown. “I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists,” he said.
But, just recently, with Election Day closing in and with another lockdown becoming more and more unpopular of an idea, Biden insisted that his plan to combat the coronavirus “does not include a countrywide lockdown.” So, it’s anybody’s guess what Biden, as president, would do. He has yet to comment on Osterholm’s plan to institute a four to six-week national lockdown.
Where’s the proof that a lockdown does good?
It’s a legitimate question considering that, we only have evidence, from the last national lockdown and from lockdowns that have been implemented around the globe, of bad consequences resulting from such lockdowns. Economies have gone down the drain and the rates of depressions, suicides, and drinking have all gone up. The World Health Organization, of all groups, even put out a report warning that lockdowns are not the way to combat the coronavirus.
Until proof of the benefits of a national lockdown can be shown, the presumption has to be against such a measure. Biden and Osterholm need to be stopped.