Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the biggest influences on the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, just made an announcement that sent shockwaves through the nation.
Fauci told CNBC’s Scott Wapner on Friday that extended lockdowns could cause “irreparable damage and have unintended consequences,” a stunning reversal from his previous insistence that the US is moving too quickly on plans to reopen.
Fauci has been remarkably quiet in the last several weeks but roared back onto the scene with the shocking admission that it’s time for a change in national policy.
In his first media appearance in weeks, Fauci was asked by Wapner to respond to a tweet from former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who asked whether the “the public health benefit from broad lockdowns at this point worth such extreme damage to livelihoods?”
Fauci responded that “We have no disagreement … depending upon the dynamics of the infection in the particular state, city, region, county that you’re in we certainly want to in a cautious way, reopening.”
“We can’t stay locked down for such a considerable period of time that you might to irreparable damage and have unintended consequences, including consequences for health,” Fauci continued. “And it’s for that reason that guidelines are being put forth, so that the states and the cities can start to reenter and to report.
Fauci had previously warned on May 12 that “the consequences could be really serious,” if the economy reopens too quickly.