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Tags: covid-19 | lockdown | vivek murthy | celine gounder

2 Biden COVID-19 Advisers: Lockdown Not the Answer

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Dr. Vivek Murthy (Jim Watson/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 13 November 2020 01:48 PM EST

Two of Joe Biden's coronavirus advisers are rejecting the idea of a national lockdown as a way of controlling the pandemic.

"As a group, really the consensus is that we need a more nuanced approach," Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Friday.

"We can be much more targeted geographically. We can also be more targeted in terms of what we close."

She said officials should focus on implementing tighter restrictions in certain regions of the country.  

"Think of this as a dimmer switch, not an on-and-off light switch," she said. "I think we need to close only those things that really are contributing to the spread, and really try to ... as much as possible remain open, like schools, if they're not contributing to the spread."

And Dr. Vivek Murthy, who co-chairs Biden's new COVID-19 advisory board, also said a nationwide shutdown is not necessary.

Murthy made his comments on Friday during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"We're not in a place where we're saying, 'Shut the whole country down,"' Murthy said. "We have to be more targeted. If we don't do that, what you're going to find is that people will become even more fatigued, schools won't be open to children, and the economy will be hit harder."

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Two of Joe Biden's coronavirus advisers are rejecting the idea of a national lockdown as a way of controlling the pandemic. "As a group, really the consensus is that we need a more nuanced approach," Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at the New York...
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