After most of the United States practiced a combination of social distancing and self quarantines to slow the spread of the global pandemic, the Trump administration and Republican leaders across the nation began pushing for a return to business as usual.
But a leading public health expert urged them to slow their role.
Considering the economy is a linchpin of President Donald Trump's reelection hopes, it's easy to understand why the GOP wants travel, tourism, entertainment and retail sales to return to pre-pandemic levels.
Weekly trips to Mar-a-Lago or his other golf resorts are also dropping personal profits for the Trump Organization that's most successful remaining businesses are hotels and golfing.
But greed kills during a public health crisis—even if some Republican leaders say the deaths they cause will be worth it.
Dr. Tom Inglesby—director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health—cautioned prematurely lifting restrictions could lead to millions of deaths. The Center for Health Security is "dedicated to protecting people's health from the consequences of epidemics and disasters."
Dr. Inglesby took to Twitter and posted:
"Anyone advising the end of social distancing now, needs to fully understand what the country will look like if we do that."
"[The virus] would spread widely, rapidly, terribly, could kill potentially millions in the yr ahead with huge social and economic impact across the country."
Dr. Inglesby's work in the fields of public health preparedness, pandemic and emerging infectious disease and prevention of and response to biological threats is internationally recognized.
He laid out the problem in a series of tweets.
In last 24 hrs there've been prominent US voices calling for a stop to social distancing, citing rationale that the… https://t.co/QgZLxf6yCi— Tom Inglesby (@Tom Inglesby) 1585006364.0
Dr. Inglesby then explained why the social distancing measures are needed.
He urged patience.
The public health expert then warned of the consequences of prematurely ending efforts to mitigate the spread of the viral pandemic.
That was when Dr. Inglesby took exception to Republican leaders and the Trump administration pushing for a return to normal to increase their business profits.
While they may see temporary monetary gains, the eventual costs would exceed those they would have suffered with continuing social distancing.
Dr. Inglesby stated removing self isolations and quarantines could begin after certain precautions were in place that the Trump administration has not addressed.
People have decisions to make.
Do they trust people who may have ulterior motives driven by their own personal fortunes or an internationally recognized expert on public health?