President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the press briefing room at the White House, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Washington, as National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Vice President Mike Pence and Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listen. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
On the heels of earlier good news today, comes a little more.
We reported earlier that the IHME models had been revised down yet again, predicting now around 60,000 deaths after previously predicting over 200,000.
Further, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Fox Newsroom show that he believed that “beyond this week” we should see the “beginning of the turnaround,” that we were already seeing the flattening in the epicenter in New York.
He also hinted that they would be working on the question of what point in the future they would be relaxing some of the stay at home rules, although he indicated he didn’t think that we were quite there yet. The original plan had been a stay at home until April 30.
But it sounds like the plans are already in the works, although it’s not clear exactly how it’s all going to break down for the general population.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is letting some folks in crucial jobs go back to work if they are asymptomatic, if they are testing their temperature twice a day and wearing a face mask.
The proposed guidance would follow recommendations made by the CDC that eased self-isolation requirements for front-line medical workers who were exposed to the virus. Under CDC guidance, medical workers who have been exposed to the virus without protective equipment but who have no symptoms can return to work with a mask and temperature checks after 14 days.
Pence on Tuesday said the White House is focusing on the “point of need” for the current situation but also is operating on another track to consider future recommendations for the public.
But it’s likely it will be a phase in like with essential workers first with checks, then those less at risk.
This is all in the context of the numbers being revised down and the cases looking like they may be stabilizing now and over the next week.
“Some of the best minds here at the White House are beginning to think about what recommendations will look like that we give to businesses, that we give to states, but it will all, I promise you, be informed on putting the health and well-being of the American people first,” Pence said.
Obviously a balancing act about doing the best to get back to normal and help people’s jobs and the economy, while keeping the risk of more spread low.