Controversy over U.S. quick reopening

Added On May 19, 2020

 Even though the spread of COVID-19 has barely peaked in the United States, the U.S. officials have already planned to restart the economy, vowing to strike "a balancing point." But whether to ease COVID-19 curbs fast has aroused bitter debate among scientists and officials.

With more than 1.5 million cases and over 90,000 deaths reported in the U.S., 48 states have lifted or partially lifted their "stay at home" orders.
Last Tuesday, top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci suggested in the hearing that states pump the brakes on reopening until the number of new cases per day starts to decline, and he said it would be "a bridge too far" to expect a vaccine or treatment to be available by fall to facilitate students returning to college campuses.
However, Fauci's viewpoint was contradicted by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has urged states to relax COVID-19 restrictions as soon as possible.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said if social distancing measures are lifted prematurely and improperly, people will likely have, quote, "to go through this hell all over again."
Statistics show that about 36 million Americans have filed new jobless claims in the past two months, and the country's first quarter GDP shrank 4.8 percent, with a grim outlook.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned that a prolonged recession and weak recovery could lead to an extended period of low productivity growth and stagnant incomes.