Not just any doctor. It’s Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm (and Ari) and an architect of ObamaCare.
RCP summarizes his position here as “U.S. Must Stay Locked Down For 12-18 Months Until There’s A Vaccine” but I don’t think that’s right. Granted, he’s deliberately vague in the clip about what he has in mind. And he sure sounds ominous:
Realistically, COVID-19 will be here for the next 18 months or more. We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications. I know that’s dreadful news to hear. How are people supposed to find work if this goes on in some form for a year and a half? Is all that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is we have no choice.
If we prematurely end that physical distancing and the other measures keeping it at bay, deaths could skyrocket into the hundreds of thousands if not a million. We cannot return to normal until there’s a vaccine. Conferences, concerts, sporting events, religious services, dinner in a restaurant, none of that will resume until we find a vaccine, a treatment, or a cure.