4-to-6 week lockdown could control COVID-19 pandemic, reboot economy: Biden advisor


The government can pay businesses, people during the lockdown

Referencing an August op-ed he wrote with Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari, he said “we could borrow the money from ourselves at a historically low-interest rate, we can pay people to lose their jobs, we can pay small businesses, we can take care of the city, state, and county governments, if we just elected to do that.”

Dr. Osterholm said this week that the country is entering is what he calls “COVID hell.”

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

Osterholm was appointed to Biden’s 12-member Covid “advisory board” on Monday. The panel of advisors is co-chaired by former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner David Kessler, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University.

Other members of the task force include Dr. Rick Bright, the whistleblower who resigned his post with the Trump administration, and Dr. Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery and health policy at Harvard.