Anthony Fauci, the top government official on infectious diseases, warned Monday that protests in opposition to governors’ stay-at-home orders meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus will “backfire” and further delay the reopening of the economy.
“Clearly this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics and the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus, but unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery economically is not going to happen,” Fauci said on “Good Morning America.”
“So what you do if you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re going to set yourself back,” he said. “So as painful as it is to go by the careful guidelines of gradually phasing into a reopening, it’s going to backfire. That’s the problem.”
Protests have been popping up around the country over the last several days in Minnesota, Colorado, Michigan, Texas and other states.
In Harrisburg, Pa., on Monday, a crowd estimated by some reporters to be more than 1,000 people gathered at the state capitol to protest social distancing policies that have closed businesses.
Many of the protestors have argued that the policies are causing too much harm to the economy.