Newt Gingrinch wrote a lengthy warning for all of us regarding public health and the economic situations that we could be in for as the coronavirus spreads and world powers try to prevent it from getting worse.
Gingrich is living in Italy with his wife, Callista, and he's reporting on the empty streets, closed down businesses, people all staying home in quarantine to prevent the coronavirus from spreading any further as hospitals work on the current patients and try to bring everyone back to health who was affected by it.
Everything from restaurants, weddings and tons of other events and places where people are gathered in large quantities are being canceled or postponed in Italy, and it's starting to happen here in America too.
We should be planning for a worst-case pandemic and using the kind of intensity of implementation which served us so well in World War II. Getting enough ventilators, masks, intensive care units, treatment medications and aggressive community-wide testing are the minimum steps to saving lives and stopping the pandemic.
While this sounds like an almost end of times situation to be in, Gingrich is right - it's better to be prepared and OK, than to be unprepared thinking it's nothing - and then this be that one time where it wasn't all hype.
He continues by saying that Pence's team should have a "worst-case projection" plan in place to "smother the pandemic" and reduce the impact it has from both a public health and economic perspective - and it's a major challenge for sure.
When it comes to Italy falling apart and the impact it has on Europe all together, Gingrich says we must be mindful of this and realize that what happens over there could have an impact on what happens in America.
With that said, Gingrich wants a "economic growth package" instead of a "stimulus" or "recovery" package.
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As Trump and the Congress consider what we must do to keep America growing and prosperous, they have to recognize that we may need to grow strongly enough to help pull Europe out of a deep recession by this fall. We can't just think about what is happening economically in the United States. A collapsing Europe would have huge impact on the entire world economy, including America.
We do not need a "stimulus" package or a "recovery" package. We need an economic growth package that stimulates and invests in the kind of development that grows a bigger, better, more productive, more competitive American economy for the future.
Like the old saying goes, it's better to be safe than sorry.