Dr. Vivek Murthy, co-chair of President-elect Joe Biden’s newly formed coronavirus task force, told “Fox News Sunday” that a broad national lockdown would “exacerbate the pandemic fatigue” already happening in the country.
Instead, Murthy argued for a “scalpel” approach to be taken “depending on severity” as COVID-19 rates spike across the country.
“Can’t you honestly say, if things get bad enough, aren’t we going to need a national lockdown?” Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked after pointing out some states that have introduced new lockdown measures.
“Well, that’s a measure of last resort,” Murthy responded. “The way we think about lockdowns I think is different now than it was in the spring. In the spring when we didn’t know a lot about COVID, we responded in a sense with an on/off switch. We just shut things down because we didn’t know exactly how this was spreading and where it was spreading.”
Citing New York City as an example, Murthy suggested a “better way” to consider restrictions would be “as a dial that we turn up or down depending on severity.”
After arguing for a national alert system to “help states and localities determine