Texas’ Republican lieutenant governor Dan Patrick recently gave an interview on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ that grandparents would be willing to risk their lives to save the American economy from the coronavirus.
The United States economy has ground to a halt in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and tens of millions of citizens are wondering when they will be able to get back to work.
“Don’t sacrifice the country,” Patrick said. In his mind, he and those who are also over the age of 70 will have to make some tough decisions to rescue the economy. These comments came on the heels of Trump’s recent statement that the country would be returned to business as usual within weeks, as opposed to months.
Patrick claims not to fear the coronavirus. However, he does fear the long-term negative impact that these lockdown orders are going to have on the lives of all Americans.
He went on to say that no one had reached out to him to ask if he would be willing to place his own survival in jeopardy if it meant saving America for his grandchildren.
“…If that is the exchange, I’m all in,” said Patrick.
Millions of Americans are currently being quarantined under direct orders from their respective state governments. Only workers who are needed to conduct ‘essential business’ are allowed to leave their homes. Health officials believe that the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is by limiting the amount of social interaction that takes place through a strategy called ‘social distancing.’
By reducing the number of infections that take place, health experts hope to limit the number of patients who are overwhelming medical facilities and personnel. Many counties and cities in Texas have made such orders, but the state has yet to enact a shelter in place policy. There are over 800 known COVID-19 cases in the state of Texas at the present moment.
The coronavirus pandemic has altered the way that the country does business and it is unclear when the ‘all clear’ will be given by the government. While President Trump has already hinted toward Easter Sunday as a date for everyone to return to work, health experts believe that it may take until late summer for America to return to a state of relative normalcy.
Unless the curve is flattened, the infection is only going to continue to worsen. A flattened curve would cause the coronavirus pandemic to linger over a longer period of time but would significantly reduce the amount of strain that is going to be placed on the nation’s hospitals. A shortened curve would lead to a higher number of deaths while the virus runs its course.
Patrick is going to be turning 70 next week and he is not looking to hurt the American economy by continuing with the current upheaval. He and other Americans of his ilk are willing to make the necessary sacrifices in order to keep the economy moving in the right direction. Grandparents are ready to make these decisions, in hopes of ensuring a greater American for their children and their children’s children.