American physicist and immunologist Anthony Fauci, who has served as the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for over 3 decades now, has predicted that the Trump administration is considering the possibility of easing down certain lockdown restrictions starting May 1st 2021.
The pandemic has profoundly impacted all spheres of human life, including social and economic. Empty streets have become the new normal, stores have been shut down, thousands of employees laid off, public gatherings and transportation have been banned and social distancing has become the new norm.
As most countries of the world practice some form of a lockdown to slow down the spread of the virus, the global economy has been hit hard. As the world comes to a halt, the virus has become a serious threat to the stability of the entire global financial system.
Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told CNN that the loosening of lockdown restrictions would be done gradually and in steps. It would not be like a ‘light switch’, where one click would return everything back to normal.
He also suggested that the decision to lift lockdown restrictions should be made by the state and local governments after assessing the region’s situation. He warned that a ‘one size fits all’ policy would lead to a disaster since some parts of the US have far fewer cases than other states.
Fauci implied that the decision to gradually lift restrictions would be different for each region, based on the magnitude of the outbreak it experienced in the past, and the possibility of a future outbreak. Fauci’s views were also supported by the Food and Drug Administration.
Fauci also told CNN that the role of health professionals in the White House is only to make recommendations based purely from a health point of view. Whether or not these recommendations are accepted is entirely up to the government.
He admitted that the situation could have been better if certain decisions were made earlier. However, he stressed that making decisions during a global pandemic is not as straightforward, and it often includes a trade-off between different factors.