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Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:16 AM

Biden COVID-19 adviser floats plan to pay for national lockdown lasting up to six weeks


Biden COVID-19 adviser floats plan to pay for national lockdown lasting up to six weeks
By Dominick Mastrangelo - 11/12/20 08:45 AM EST


A top health adviser to President-elect Joe Biden suggested that the nation is well-positioned financially to withstand a lockdown of more than a month in an effort to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.

"When you look at the personal savings rate in this country, it's now gone from about 8 percent to over 22 percent. We have a big pool of money out there that we could borrow. The historic low interest rates by the federal government, we could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for our losses to small companies to medium sized companies, for city states, county governments. We could do all of that," said Dr. Michael Osterholm during a live event this week with Yahoo News.


Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said there are varying ideas in terms of public perception of "what a lockdown is all about."

"If we did that, then we could lock down for four to six weeks," he said. "And if we did that, we could drive the numbers down, like they've done in Asia, like they did in New Zealand and Australia. And then, we could really watch ourselves, cruising into the vaccine availability in the first and second quarter of next year, and bringing back the economy long before that."


Biden, who was projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, has vowed to end the coronavirus pandemic and promised to "listen to the scientists" to get it under control.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/525631-biden-covid-19-adviser-floats-plan-to-pay-for-a-national-lock-down-for-four-to-six

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babylonsister Nov 12 OP
LovingA2andMI Nov 12 #1
North Shore Chicago Nov 12 #2
SheltieLover Nov 12 #3
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PoliticAverse Nov 12 #5
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:18 AM

1. DO IT!!!

As the current situation is unsustainable.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:21 AM

2. Now THIS

is the 50 state strategy we need. You red state provocateurs are not immuned!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:25 AM

3. Yes!!!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:26 AM

4. that was pretty much my idea back in Feb! "The Great Pause". But I was thinking 2-3 weeks

4-6 weeks would be more effective. If the virus cannot find new hosts, it eventually dies out

We'd have been over this thing MONTHS ago

and this NEEDS to include no air travel, train, bus, etc. lock it down

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:28 AM

5. "Americans Less Amenable to Another COVID-19 Lockdown"

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:33 AM

6. Are these the same Americans that voted for tRUMP in our recent election?

asking for a friend

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 10:50 AM

7. Americans will quickly become amenable if they are assured that they will be

taken care of financially during a new shutdown.

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