On Tuesday, Rep. Devin Nunes of California whined about his state’s decision to close schools. He called the action “overkill” and harmful to the economy. He made these statements even though health experts are stressing that social distancing will save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nunes has questioned medical expert’s guidance since the coronavirus became an issue for the United States. Nunes also stated that he does not believe social distancing is necessary. His comments come on the heels of Donald Trump warning Americans that the death toll in the U.S. could exceed 100,000.
Back in March, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that schools were likely to be closed fo the rest of the school year.
“The schools were just canceled out here in California, which is way overkill,” Nunes stated while appearing on Fox News. “Its possible kids could have gone back to school in two weeks to four weeks, but they just canceled the rest of the schools.”
Nunes then added that he was “optimistic” about the use of anti-malaria drugs to treat coronavirus. The FDA recently issued an emergency use authorizations for two malaria drugs, chloroquine, and hydroxychloroquine, to be used on patients hospitalized with coronavirus.
“The vaccines are going to take a while, but look, we have this bill that we just passed last week, $2.2 trillion’ worth, we have to focus on keeping people employed,” Nunes stated. “I will tell you this: If we don’t start to get people back to work in this country over the next week to two weeks, I don’t believe we can wait until the end of April.”
He then added, “I just don’t know of any economy that’s ever survived or you unplug the entire economy and expect things to go back and be normal. So the more tests that are out there, the more people getting testing, let’s learn about the treatments. Let’s get good data as to who is being impacted and let’s figure out a way to get back to work.”
On Tuesday, Trump warned Americans about a ‘painful’ two weeks to come and he extended social distancing guidelines until the end of April.
This is not the first time that Nunes has disputed expert’s advice on social distancing. Back in March Nunes advised “healthy” Americans to head out to bars and restaurants during the pandemic.
“If you’re healthy, you and your family, it’s a great time to go out and go to a local restaurant, likely you can get in easily,” Nunes said during an interview on Fox News. “Let’s not hurt the working people in this country … go to your local pub.”
So far there have been over 186,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. California has over 6,900 cases and 150 people from the state have died from COVID-19.