Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden admitted on Friday that if there is a second spike of COVID-19, he would shut down the country again if scientists suggested that was the best option.
Biden told ABC host David Muir that he would absolutely defer to scientists if they call for a second shutdown.
“If you’re sworn in come January and we have coronavirus and the flu combining — which many scientists have said is a real possibility — would you be prepared to shut this country down again?” Muir asked.
“I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus. That is the fundamental flaw of this administration’s thinking to begin with,” Biden replied. “In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing and people employed, you have to fix the virus. You have to deal with the virus.”
“So, if the scientists say, ‘shut it down?'” Muir asked again.
“I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists,” Biden confessed.
“I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists.”
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— ABC News (@ABC) August 21, 2020
Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in the wake of the shutdown due to the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Just last month, CDC director Robert Redfield warned that younger people are dying from suicide and drug overdoses in far greater numbers than from COVID-19.
“We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID,” Redfield said.
The CDC conducted a survey of 5,412 people between June 24 and 30 and the collected data on suicides is alarming. Roughly 25% percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 say they’ve considered suicide because of the pandemic.
About 30.9% of the respondents said that they “had symptoms of anxiety or depression” and about 26.3% reported trauma and stress-related disorders caused by the outbreak. Over 13% said that they have used alcohol, prescription and/or illegal drugs to deal with their pandemic-induced stress and anxiety.
The amount of Americans reporting anxiety symptoms is triple the number of this time last year. The CDC reported that 11% of adults surveyed had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.
This just serves as more evidence of why we can’t let Biden get anywhere near the White House.