Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says its time to get on with a plan to allow Texas residents, currently constricted by measures to mitigate the spread of the CCP virus, to get back to work.
The plan, however, needs to take into account realities on the ground and still include measures to stem the epidemic.
“Weve got to deal with the economic devastation of all of the people who are hurting, and Ill tell you it is time for Texans to go back to work,” he told KCBD on April 14. “Im very glad that both the President and the governor are laying out a specific time frame, a specific plan to get Texans back to work.”
Reopening the economy wouldnt necessarily apply to older Texans and people with preexisting conditions, who are most likely to suffer severe symptoms of the virus.
“If that describes you, you should stay home,” Cruz said.
He also implied the plan wouldnt apply to areas where there are severe outbreaks.
“I think we can do things in reasonable steps, guided by science in the Public Health,” he said. “It needs to be dependent upon the particular facts and circumstances in the particular region.
“New York City right now, where theyre facing massive numbers, it would not make sense for everyone in New York City to go back to work tomorrow.”
Even for the “young and healthy,” there may need to be restrictions, Cruz said, mentioning “jobs where theres some risks.”
“It may be that when people go back to work that they wear a mask and gloves for some period of time to limit the spread of disease,” he said.
Many of the people who continue to work because their jobs are deemed essential are already taking such precautions, he noted.
“Weve seen that all the time,” he said. “If youve ordered food, if youve ordered takeout … most of the drivers who show up dropping off food are wearing masks and gloves.”
The CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan last year and was allowed to spread around the world, due to the Chinese Communist Partys (CCP) coverup and mismanagement of the outbreak.
The United States has had more than 610,000 confirmed cases and almost 28,000 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The stringent measures to counter the epidemic, such as ordering people to stay home and shutting down all non-essential businesses, have had a heavy toll on the economy. More than 16 million people have lost jobs in the past several weeks, jobless claims data indicate.
Cruz said the human toll from the virus needs to be balanced against the indirect public health issues related to economic well-being.
“Keeping the economy shut down for weeks—if we allow that to turn into months, were going to see human lives lost, were going to see real devastation, from poverty, from dreams shattered, from family businesses put out of business,Read More From Source[contf] [contfnew]