A new statement from an adviser to Democrat Joe Biden has left the nation blindsided.
According to CNBC, Dr. Michael Osterholm, who is part of a group of supposed experts advising Biden on issues related to COVID-19, suggested that locking down the country for as many as six weeks could be the best way to control the spread of the coronavirus.
“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,” Osterholm said in a Wednesday interview with Yahoo Finance, according to CNBC.
“If we did that,” he said, “then we could lock down for four to six weeks.”
Osterholm, the director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, is one of 12 members of Biden’s coronavirus “advisory board,” CNBC reports.
Biden put the group together shortly after the mainstream media called the 2020 presidential race in his favor. President Donald Trump, for his part, has refused to concede amid allegations of election fraud.
But that hasn’t stopped the Biden camp from pushing forward — and as CNBC reported, Osterholm has his own idea about how to stop America from descending into what he called a “COVID hell.”
With the funding in place to institute a lengthy country-wide lockdown, Osterholm says, “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.”
We saw it coming
The comments from Osterholm only serve to confirm some of conservatives’ worst fears about a Biden presidency. Back in August, the then-Democrat presidential hopeful said that he would do “whatever it takes” to combat the coronavirus, including institute a lockdown.
“I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists,” Biden said at the time, according to Politico.
As Election Day closed in, however, and with another lockdown becoming more and more unpopular, Biden insisted as recently as last week that his plan to combat the coronavirus “does not include a countrywide lockdown,” The Washington Times reported.
If he can’t keep his word about this, who’s to say Biden would keep his word on anything as president? It’s a scary thought indeed.