Rather than follow the advice of health experts designed to save lives, Donald Trump is saying that he wants to “have the country opened up and raring to go by Easter.”

“Easter is a very special day for me,” he said to the press. “Easter Sunday, and you’ll have packed churches all over our country. I think it would be a beautiful time.”

It’s not going to be so beautiful when many of the people who attended Easter Sunday services get sick with the novel coronavirus.

While China will end the lockdown on Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus is believed to have started, in two weeks, it took over a month from the time the outbreak peaked in the region as well as very strict quarantine policy in order to get where they are now. The outbreak in the U.S. has yet to peak as more cases appear daily, and the response from the Trump administration has not been nearly as severe.

Health experts have repeated that the point of social distancing and economic shutdowns is to spread out new cases as much as possible in order to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, minimizing deaths. The goal should be to extend these measures as long as possible, not get people back to work as soon as possible.

“We need to change the conversation from: ‘How inconvenient it is to me?’ to ‘Who are the people who are suffering most, and how can we help them?’” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor and chair of the department of immunology and infectious diseases Sarah Fortune said to the New York Times.

Trump, however, seems determined to “reopen” America.

“Our country is not built to shut down, our people are full of vim and vigor and energy, they don’t want to be locked into a house or apartment or some space,” Trump said during a Fox News town hall. “We’re not built that way.”

As a result, #ReopenAmerica started trending on Twitter, but on the bright side, a lot of people are using it to express an opposing opinion.



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*First Published: March 24, 2020, 1:46 pm