Implementation of widespread restrictions to suppress the Coronavirus Pandemic is “not the opinion” of the panel of infectious disease experts advising President-elect Joe Biden, said Dr. Celine Gounder sitting on the panel.
“As a group, there really is agreement that we need a more nuanced approach,” Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine, told CNBC.Squawk box“On Friday.” We can be much more targeted geographically. We can also more specifically target what we close. “
Gounder’s comments come after another Biden Covid-19 advisor, Dr. Michael Osterholm, who serves as director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said Yahoo Finance in an interview Wednesday that shuttering stores for four to six weeks while people pay for lost wages might help suppress Cases and hospital stays at a manageable level.
Osterholm later clarified his comments in an interview with NBC News, saying, “It wasn’t a recommendation. I never made that recommendation to Biden’s group. We never discussed it.”
A Biden transition official told NBC News that a shutdown “is not in line with the thinking of the president-elect”.
Rather than taking a comprehensive lockdown approach, Gounder told CNBC that state officials should focus on introducing stricter restrictions in and on areas of the country that are at high risk for the virus to spread, such as restaurants, bars and gyms aim to keep their schools open to students.
“I see this as a dimmer switch, not an on and off switch of the light,” she said. “I think we just have to close the things that are really disseminating and really try to … stay open as much as possible like schools when they are not disseminating.”
A handful of states and cities have started implement stricter restrictionsincluding curfews, mask requirements and limited pre-winter group meetings, scientists warn The US is entering what will likely be the “darkest days of the pandemic”.
The U.S. has reported three consecutive days of record-breaking daily new Covid-19 cases, hitting a weekly average of 131,445 cases per day, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Many infectious disease experts, including White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, have tried to distance themselves from the term “lockdown,” suggesting the US doesn’t have to fall back on the widespread “stay-at-home” mandates passed in the spring when that Coronavirus hit the U.S. coast for the first time.
When it comes to bans, Biden previously said he’d listen to suggestions from scientists like Fauci. However, the Biden-Harris Covid-19 plan calls for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to do so Providing evidence-based guidance to communities when a shop or school has to close depending on the degree of virus spread.
“I don’t think a full lockdown is necessary or useful,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University School of Public Health, told CNBC.The news with Shepard Smith“On Thursday evening he said he did not agree to Osterholm’s request for a complete lockdown.
It would be beneficial to cut back on some activities to combat coronavirus outbreaks, Jha said. Indoor dining at restaurants, gyms and casinos have become “a real problem”, although other activities, especially when they are outside and people are wearing masks, can continue, he said.
“I wouldn’t recommend a complete lockdown at all,” said Jha.