On Thursday, Donald Trump stated that if a second wave of the coronavirus hits that he will not close the country.
“People say that’s a very distinct possibility, it’s standard,” Trump said when asked about a second wave of the virus during his tour of a Ford plant in Michigan.
“We are going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country,” Trump said. “We can put out the fires. Whether it is an ember or a flame, we are going to put it out. But we are not closing our country.”
In previous statements Trump has stated that there may be “embers” of the coronavirus that persists through the summer, but he claims they will all be “stomped out.” However, health experts, even those within his own administration state that the virus will most likely continue to spread through fall and winter. Experts state that the virus will become more difficult to fight once the flu season begins.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is a member of Trump’s COVID-19 task force told the Washington Post just last week that he has “no doubt” that there will be new waves of cases.
“The virus is not going to disappear,” Fauci stated. “It’s a highly transmissible virus. At any given time, it’s someplace or another. As long as that’s the case, there’s a risk of resurgence.”
Trump is determined to reopen the entire country for a business no matter the threat to human health. Right now, all 50 states have begun some level of reopening, including New York City, which has been the virus epicenter, even though the number of cases and deaths there continue to rise.
According to John Hopkins University the outbreak has seen more than 5 million cases confirmed worldwide and over 328,471 deaths.
In the United Stated John Hopkins reports at least 1.5 million cases and at least 93,439 deaths from the disease in the United States.
A new study out of Columbia University was released on Wednesday. The study states that had the Trump administration imposed social distancing restrictions even a week earlier it could have saved at least 36,000 Americans’ lives.