New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Thursday that in retrospect, his issuance of a statewide quarantine to fight the coronavirus pandemic "was probably not the best public health strategy" and echoed President Donald Trump in stressing the importance of getting people back to work.
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During a news conference, Gov. Cuomo said, "What we did was we closed everything down. That was our public health strategy. Just close everything, all businesses, old workers, young people, old people, short people, tall people. Every school closed, everything," Fox News reported.
"If you rethought that or had time to analyze that public health strategy, I don't know that you would say quarantine everyone," Cuomo continued. "I don't even know that that was the best public health policy. Young people then quarantined with older people was probably not the best public health strategy because the younger people could have been exposing the older people to an infection."
Cuomo also addressed the economic crisis resulting from coronavirus shutdown, saying that a "get-back-to-work strategy" could also be coupled with a public health strategy.
"We have to do both," the governor added. "We're working on it."
Critics in the media and on the left have criticized President Trump for placing an urgency on putting the country back to work and getting businesses reopened in order for the economy to recover. President Trump has not set a solid date on when that might occur, but said earlier this week, "I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter," April 12.