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Sen. Tim Scott: Worst-Case Scenario Not Always Necessary in Virus Fight

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2020 01:33 PM

Partisan politics is driving the response on reopening the nation, and the worst-case scenario does not always need to be the first consideration, Sen. Tim Scott said Wednesday. 

"In South Carolina, if you're under the age of 20, we've not had a single death, so we have a lot to celebrate," the South Carolina Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "We need to look at the information through a prism of optimism and not simply through the prism of the worst-case scenario every single time we start talking about the pandemic."

There are some parts of the country where there are far fewer deaths than in any other, and even though any death is one death too many, there are dangerous steps being taken that go too far, said Scott. 

"If you have cancer, you had to put off oncology treatments and appointments," he said. "If you needed a heart stent, that was considered elective surgery. That has major healthcare consequences for individuals and to our nation."

Further, with millions of people out of work, "we could see 50, 60, 70 million Americans without health insurance," said Scott. "This is a tragedy. We can go back to work and solve a lot of problems, and frankly, in South Carolina, we are doing it right. We have seen the static case level, we have seen our hospital capacity (be) more now than before the virus started. We could isolate the hot spots to mitigate the spread of the virus, we've had a seven-fold increase in contact tracers and we are adding more this month. In addition to that, we will test every single patient or resident in an elderly facility, every single one in South Carolina. That's how you start the engines and let's get ready to rumble."

He added that though many Americans say they fear opening the country too quickly, "let's get it in focus because 99.9% of us will be okay at the end of this entire pandemic."

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