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Biden’s adviser for COVID-19 says U.S. lockdown for 4 to 6 weeks could control pandemic

A coronavirus adviser to President-elect Joe Biden said a lockdown could help bring the virus under control

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In this file photo dated Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, the buildings of the City of London stand under a lowering sky, seen from the south bank of the River Thames in London.

In this file photo dated Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, the buildings of the City of London stand under a lowering sky, seen from the south bank of the River Thames in London.

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Dr. Michael Osterholm, a coronavirus adviser to President-elect Joe Biden, recently said that a nationwide lockdown could help bring the country’s recent surge of COVID-19 cases under control.

What’s going on?

Osterholm told Yahoo Finance that the nationwide lockdown could bring down the number of cases and hospitalizations.

  • “We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies, to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments. We could do all of that,” he said. “If we did that, then we could lock down for four to six weeks.”
  • “We could really watch ourselves cruising into the vaccine availability in the first and second quarter of next year while bringing back the economy long before that,” he said Wednesday.

Flashback:

Osterholm and Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari wrote an op-ed for The New York Times earlier this week that called for a lockdown, saying the previous lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic didn’t work well.

  • “The problem with the March-to-May lockdown was that it was not uniformly stringent across the country. For example, Minnesota deemed 78% of its workers essential,” they wrote. “To be effective, the lockdown has to be as comprehensive and strict as possible.”

Extra details:

Osterholm was named to the 12-member COVID-19 advisory board for Biden, which also includes former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University, according to CNBC.