A co-chair of Joe Biden’s coronavirus taskforce has assured the American people that the President-elect will focus on targeted restrictions based on viral spread in particular areas, rather than a broad shutdown for the whole country.
Dr. Vivek Murthy told the ABC's “Good Morning America” on Friday that restrictions would be tightened or loosened depending on the local situation. The approach is one that several European countries had taken before implementing nationwide lockdowns.
“Right now, the way we should be thinking about this is more like a series of restrictions that we dial up or down depending on how bad [a] spread is taking place in a specific region,” Murthy said.
He gave New York City as an example, where interventions are being targeted down to the ZIP code.
“We’re not in a place where we’re saying shut the whole country down,” he said. “We’ve got to be more targeted.”
If this doesn’t happen, Murthy said, people will become more fatigued, schools won’t be open to children and the economy will be hit harder.
“So, we’ve got to follow science, but we’ve got to also be more precise than we were in the spring,” he said.