Braced with the cold reality that top health officials are now predicting the nation’s COVID-19 death toll could top 100,000 – if we are lucky and somewhat successful in bending the infection rate curve – President Donald Trump on Sunday reluctantly extended restrictive social distancing guidelines nationally through April 30.
It was a turnaround for Trump, who earlier had expressed hope they could be lifted by Easter.
The president is correct in saying it is important to talk about and formulate a back-to-work strategy because we can’t do this forever without destroying the economy. Money printed by the federal government can only take us so far.
But Trump’s April 12 goal was always wishful thinking in light of the growing infection and death totals – especially in hard-hit areas such as New York. If we move prematurely, before this pandemic is in check, it will do even more damage.