On Sunday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated that the lockdown that is currently affecting large segments of the nation in an attempt to slow down the spread of the coronavirus will most likely last 10 to 12 weeks, or until June.
This is without a doubt the biggest change in American daily life since World War Two. Schools are closed, sporting events canceled and the economy is a disaster as every day more and more jobs are lost as businesses are forced to close down.
All across the country hospitals are desperately trying to locate protective equipment for their healthcare workers. Hospitals are also in desperate need of ventilators.
Globally the coronavirus has killed more than 13,000 and infected more than 300,000.
In Washington, lawmakers are working on a deal that would possibly pump $1 trillion into the economy to try and limit the damage the coronavirus is having on the economy. That bill has yet to pass Congress.
On Sunday, Mnuchin told “Fox News Sunday” that he is hopeful that Congress will vote on the bill on Monday. Proposed payments to an average family of four would be $3,000 and would only be one-time for now, he said.
Right now, close to 80 million Americans are under orders to close up shop and stay home. New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut, and New Jersey instituted statewide lockdowns.
“Unless we tell people to stay home and to stop interacting in the way they were, we are going to see more and more, thousands more, tens of thousands of more deaths than we otherwise would,” Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker told CNN on Sunday.