President Trump is right to watch out for America’s economic health while we address the coronavirus, writes Patrick Buchanan of Real Clear Politics. Sending everyone home from work and telling them to social distance is going to choke the economy. While it is important to fight this virus as effectively as possible, shutting down the economy might prove even more damaging. American families rely on their income to house and feed themselves, not to mention take care of their medical needs. We shouldn’t cause more damage to our country than the coronavirus might cause out of fear.
President Trump is risking a huge coronavirus death toll with plans to ease the US lockdown, argues Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine. He appears to fear the economic damage from policies intended to prevent more contaminations. Easing current measures meant to fight COVID-19 would cost more lives. Some right-wing figures argue that we can’t undermine the economy due to this disease. But even easing social distancing and lockdown guidelines wouldn’t return America to a pre-coronavirus economy. Trump should prioritize the fight against COVID-19.