The former CEO and chairman of Wells Fargo has called for healthy people under the age of 55 to return to work next month if the COVID-19 outbreak is under control in the U.S. in order to help the economy.
“We’ll gradually bring those people back and see what happens. Some of them will get sick, some may even die, I don’t know,” Dick Kovacevich, now an executive at Cisco and Cargill, told Bloomberg.
“Do you want to suffer more economically or take some risk that you’ll get flu-like symptoms and a flu-like experience? Do you want to take an economic risk or a health risk? You get to choose,” he added.
With businesses across the country closed and people advised to stay at home if possible, Kovacevich joins a growing chorus of executives worried that the shutdown across the U.S. will do irreparable economic harm.