Rushing to reopen the economy could be a disaster if a new round of coronavirus flare-ups occur, former Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told Newsmax TV Friday.
"The worst thing that could happen is we go out, open up businesses and have a new wave of viruses hit, because that would mean when it comes time to open up months later, no one would trust them," Rendell said during an appearance on "The Chris Salcedo Show."
"The economy would crumble if we let people out too early and the virus picks up ... that's the worst thing to happen to the economy."
Rendell said it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to lifting stay-at-home orders around the country.
"I don't care how important a paycheck is. I know it's tragic for some people to miss four weeks of work or six weeks of work, but it's a whole lot more tragic to get the virus and die," he said.
"This is nothing to kid around with. It's always better to err on the side of caution. We'll have time to bounce back, but we shouldn't be bouncing back ... until we have the ability to test and to do some contact monitoring, as well,"
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