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‘False Dichotomy’: Tim Scott Says ‘Goalposts’ For Flattening The Curve Keep Moving

Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott said at Tuesday’s Senate hearing that while America has done a “pretty good job” of flattening the curve of the coronavirus outbreak, the “goalposts” for moving beyond lockdowns have kept moving.

Scott warned that adverse effects of continued lockdowns are being ignored.

The senator said that “when we set out to flatten the curve by taking aggressive unprecedented measures like staying at home orders and mass small business closures, we didn’t set out to with the goal of preventing 100% of fatalities. That would be unrealistic. It is impossible.”

“And we didn’t set out to keep quarantines in place until we found a safe, effective vaccine. That would take too long,” he said.

Scott said the “whole point” of flattening the curve “was to make sure that we did not exceed hospital capacity. So, while I respect the need for caution, we are too often presented with a false dichotomy: saving the economy or saving lives.”

“We’ve seen the goalposts around flattening the curve move, and I think that’s unfortunate because at the same time we’re doing that, businesses have collapsed, mental and physical health have declined, deaths of despair escalate, educational outcomes nosedive, as we wait in our living rooms praying for some good news around therapies and around vaccines,” Scott added.

“We set out to flatten the curve, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that.”

Written by Peter Hasson

Peter Hasson is a contributor for The Schpiel.

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