President still wants to open country back up

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn.

    Washington, DC (ABC) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said the President has set May 1 as a new target date to get the country back to normal.

    Hahn said the date may shift as experts compare the toll taken on the economy with the risk to safety.

    Hahn said he has heard from friends and colleagues around the world that people really do want to get back to a more normal life than we've experienced over the last several weeks.

    "We've got to get the data as it comes in.  We have to look at what we know about this illness, what has happened in other countries, and have a plan moving forward," he added.

    Hahn said federal health experts see light at the end of the tunnel, "We see the incredible resiliency of the American people with respect to social distancing, hand washing, and all those mitigating factors.  That gives me great hope.  I think it's just too early for us to be able to say whether May 1st is that date."

     

     

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