Ohio congressman, physician argues coronavirus prognosis is good
As Coronavirus surges in Cincinnati, and across the country, many worry about their physical and financial health.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio_ is one of about a dozen doctors on Capitol Hill. Tuesday at the White House he offered his diagnosis as America faces a Coronavirus’ resurgence.
"I’m optimistic about where things are going," he said.
Wenstrup said he sees promise in new treatment options, better hospital capacity, and signs of economic recovery.
He said Americans need to do their part as well, through personal hygiene, social distancing, and wearing masks. But, Wenstrup doesn’t see a need for a federal mask mandate. He said it would be hard to enforce, and Americans should comply out of a sense of personal responsibility.
Wenstrup did not directly address the question of whether individuals should get another round of checks saying he’s open to common sense solutions. He did say he wants to see Congress approve more help for business and hopes the Coronavirus spike will not force cities and states to re-enter shutdowns.
Dr. Ed Ellerbeck with the University of Kansas Medical Center said he believes the current surge is direct result from re-opening. But, "I think it is very feasible for our stores to re-open safely with the appropriate precautions," he said.
Ellerbeck said a federal mask requirement may not increase compliance in public spaces. But, he said it would provide cover to businesses insisting that customers and employees do so.
That, he said, is the best prescription for keeping the doors open. "I think masks could be extremely good for business."
Congress is set to start developing the next coronavirus relief package later this month but it’s unclear whether Democrats and Republicans will be able to agree on the details.
You can watch the full interview with Rep. Wenstrup in the video player above.