Former Trump Advisor Has Dire Prediction About Virus in the U.S. as Trump Signals He Wants to Get People Back to Work

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As the health crisis in the United States worsens in the face of the current pandemic, non-essential businesses across the country have shut their doors in what medical experts say is an imperative measure to slow the spread of the virus.

In the face of this uncertainty, the stock market has fallen by thousands of points in just weeks. With market prosperity a vital talking point in favor of his reelection, President Donald Trump and his administration have signaled that he may call for a loosening of these restrictions.

Echoing a Fox News segment, the President tweeted on Sunday night that the "cure" for slowing the pandemic can't be "worse than the problem itself," implying that safety measures could be more deadly to Americans than the actual virus.

With 39,000 cases and growing in the United States, experts largely agree that the pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better, and that two weeks' worth of self quarantine measures aren't enough to significantly slow the virus.

Trump's own former homeland security advisor, Tom Bossert, is among those urging the President not to loosen restrictions to boost the markets.

Bossert tweeted that the current measures in place across the country were "imperative."

Bossert is far from the only one warning against the potential announcement by the Trump administration.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that he'd spoken with National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci, who's currently working with the Trump administration to curb the pandemic.

According to Graham, Fauci is against any measures meant to encourage Americans to go back to business as usual:

"I just spoke with Dr. Fauci — he believes that if anything we should be more aggressive and do more. … You can't have a functioning economy if you have hospitals overflowing. People aren't going to go to work like that."
In an interview last week, Surgeon General Jerome Adams agreed:
"Fifteen days is likely not going to be enough to get us all the way through."

Others are speaking out against the move as well.

The willingness to relax these crucial measures signaled to many Americans that the Trump administration cares more about preserving the economy than potentially millions of American lives.

On Monday, deaths from the virus surpassed 100 in a single day for the first time.

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As more information becomes available regarding the virus that's caused a public health crisis in the United States, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged Americans in hard-hit areas to begin wearing cloth masks to cover their faces.

Unlike medical professionals, who need N95 masks (of which there is a shortage) when treating virus patients, average Americans can wear makeshift cloth masks that block the saliva droplets through which the virus is spread.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.

It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.

The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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In the face of the global pandemic that's killed over 5000 Americans, President Donald Trump is still expressing reluctance to employ federal powers to assist states hardest hit by the virus.

Among the most urgent of obstacles some governors are facing is a shortage of crucial medical equipment—including ventilators—often needed to treat the highly contagious respiratory virus.

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Because the virus originated in Wuhan, China, anti-Chinese hysteria has sprouted up across the country. These racist flames have only been stoked by President Donald Trump, whose insistence on calling it "Chinese virus" corresponded with an uptick in hate crimes and harassment of Asian Americans across the across the United States, regardless of their country of origin or ancestry.

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Even in the face of a national health crisis that threatens hundreds of thousands of American lives, President Donald Trump has consistently signaled that he's incapable of rising to the urgency of the moment, choosing instead to pick fights with governors over Twitter and to brag about the ratings of his press briefings.

That string of behavior continued with a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which read more like one of the President's Twitter screeds than a letter from the President of the United States.

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The internet is flooded with messages of support for Navy Captain Brett Crozier, who commands the 5000 person crew of the Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that was recently forced to dock in Guam.

Crozier sent a letter to the Navy this week begging for additional supplies and resources to aid the 93 people on the Roosevelt who tested positive for the virus that's become a global pandemic, as well as facilities for the additional 1000 people who need to be quarantined.

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