Deciding to lift the lockdown is difficult because very little is known about the COVID-19 virus and testing is woefully inadequate in the U.S. But the longer the disruption goes on, the more difficult it will be for the economy to recover..
"I'd rather have them stay on," Trump said Friday of people onboard a cruise ship where coronavirus was detected moored off the coast of San Francisco, "but I fully understand if they'd rather take them off."
Senator Wyden claimed that "the general public was also put at risk since your employees were then immediately returned to their communities and jobs at the Department post-deployment, by commercial air flights with no precautions" in a letter to HHS head Alexander Azar Friday.
"Well, I don't think it's inevitable," President Donald Trump said about a widespread coronavirus outbreak to reporters at a Wednesday news conference. "Whatever happens," Trump continued, "we're totally prepared."