Joe Biden’s COVID-19 adviser: US needs ‘targeted’ restrictions, not nationwide lockdown

Joe Biden’s COVID-19 adviser: US needs ‘targeted’ restrictions, not nationwide lockdown


A top member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force says the country needs “targeted” restrictions to contain the coronavirus, not a nationwide lockdown — as suggested by another doctor on the panel.

“We’re not in a place where we’re saying shut the whole country down. We got to be more targeted,” Dr. Vivek Murthy said Friday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“If we don’t do that, what you’re going to find is that people will become even 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 also got to be more precise.”

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The suggestion from Murthy, a co-chair on the newly formed coronavirus advisory board, comes after another task force member, Dr. Michael Osterholm, floated a four- to six-week lockdown earlier this week.

Murthy pointed to the more targeted approach used in New York City — which shut down businesses and schools in

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