What Trump's Early Return to Work May Look Like

It would likely be phased in by geography and health next month. Some still see doom.
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2020 11:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump is making clear that he wants to get the nation working again sooner rather than later—by Easter Sunday, to be exact. That has some in the business community happy, but others worried that easing up on restrictions will only worsen the coronavirus outbreak and damage the economy even more. Coverage, including what a return to normal routines might look like:

  • Trump's view: The president's mantra is that he doesn't want the cure to be worse than the ailment. "Trump and a chorus of conservative voices have begun to suggest that the shock to the economy could hurt the country more than deaths from the virus," per the New York Times.
  • Echoing that: Former Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein is in Trump's camp here. "Extreme measures to flatten the virus 'curve' is sensible—for a time—to stretch out the strain on health infrastructure," he tweets. "But crushing the economy, jobs and morale is also a health issue-and beyond. Within a very few weeks let those with a lower risk to the disease return to work."

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