This is just what Fauci and other epidemiologists want. It’d be silly and unsafe for everyone to lock down, only to then reopen on an arbitrary date before there’s any system in place to limit new infections. The point of our national experiment in self-isolation is to slow down the spread of the disease and to buy time for the feds and the private sector to get where they need to be on testing. When we reemerge, testing needs to be fast and easy so that anyone experiencing symptoms can get checked out immediately and quarantine themselves if they’re positive. And, ideally, there’ll be some method to notify people with whom they’ve been in contact that they’ve been exposed and also need to start isolating themselves. That’s what South Korea does, and it’s why their society continues to function while holding down the number of new cases.
But that’s not what Trump’s been saying, until now. He doesn’t want the lockdowns to go on indefinitely, until we’re “ready.” He wants a deadline of some sort for certain parts of the country to reopen. Whether that’s next week, Easter, the week after Easter, what have you, it has to be sometime soon-ish.
Either he’s come off that position, which is unlikely given how much he’s pushed it the last few days, or his science people convinced him to put this letter out and he’ll soon start undermining it by tweeting about a deadline again. The key bit: