Grind for March 9th
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Fauci Now Says Second Wave ‘Not Inevitable’
In an interview Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said that a second COVID-19 wave is “not inevitable,” explaining that the chance of a resurgence in the virus is dependent on states reopening “correctly.” The comment is a shift from the expert’s past statements on the what Americans should expect in fall.
Fauci made the comments during an interview with CNN Wednesday, in which he at once acknowledged the necessity of reopening the country, as he has increasingly done in recent weeks, while also stressing the importance of doing so in a measured way.
The second wave, Fauci said, “could happen” but is “not inevitable” – the potential for resurgence of the virus depending on how we handle reopening.
What we must resist doing, Fauci advised, is “leapfrogging over the recommendations of some of the guidelines” provided by officials. Doing so is “really tempting fate and asking for trouble,” he warned.
As highlighted by CNBC, Fauci’s “not inevitable” comment is a shift from his stance in April, when he declared he was “convinced” that we will be hit with new waves of coronavirus in the fall, when flu season ramps up. “We will have coronavirus in the fall. I am convinced of that,” said the infectious disease expert. Read more…
Trump Signs Exec Order to Curb Big Tech’s ‘Unchecked Power’
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday in the White House to defend free speech on social media and regulate social media companies for selectively censoring users.
“We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers,” the president said, referring to the “unchecked power” wielded by social media companies in the United States.
The president signed the order in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon.
“They’ve had unchecked power to censor restrict, edit shape hide alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences,” Trump said.
The president criticized the growing monopoly of social media companies in America, vowing to act to change the regulatory framework for the companies.
“There’s no precedent in American history for so small a number of corporations to control so large a sphere of interaction,” he said. Read more…
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