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The COVID-19 death toll has reached 85,000 and a furious debate is going on around the country about whether, or when, we should reopen the economy. 37,000,000 Americans have filed for unemployment benefits and 100,000 small businesses have permanently closed. Forty percent of those making less than $40,000 have lost their jobs.
And yet, in testimony before the Senate HELP Committee, presidential scientific advisor Anthony Fauci warned that needless suffering and death would ensue if governors reopened the country prematurely. Fauci stated that his advice was based on the best scientific evidence.
So, what does the scientific evidence actually tell us about he COVID-19 pandemic? And are we making the right tradeoffs between flattening the curve and flattening the economy? To help us answer these questions, we’re joined by a man who has been at the center of these debates, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya. Jay has four degrees from Stanford, including an MD from Stanford Medical School, and a PhD from the Stanford Economics Department.
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