Mulvaney Believes the US Has ‘Overreacted a Little Bit’ to Coronavirus

Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is weighing in on the United States’ response to the coronavirus outbreak as he is insisting Americans can return to work sooner rather than later with proper social distancing practices.

During an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Tuesday, Mulvaney noted the recent update to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance where the agency noted how the virus can’t be spread easily on surfaces.

According to Mulvaney, the United States may have “overreacted a little bit” with restrictions and shutting down the country.

“The fact that it’s difficult to get this disease from touching stuff… should sort of reset how we look at this,” Mulvaney said. “What it means is that if we are careful about social distancing and putting on masks and so forth, we should be able to go back to work sooner rather than later.”

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director for the Trump administration went on to discuss the coronavirus and the seasonal flu. He noted the 2017 to 2018 flu season, when approximately 80,000 people died. The coronavirus has killed roughly 100,000 Americans in about three months.

“I think we’ve sort of lost perspective on this,” Mulvaney said, adding, “We’ve overreacted a little bit.”

Mulvaney continued, “Not to say that COVID is the ordinary flu, that’s not my point. But my point is that almost 100,000 people died just a few years ago from the flu and the country didn’t shut down.”

“It’s time to sort of deal with this in the proper perspective, and that’s to allow us to get back to work safely.”

See Mulvaney’s remarks below:

Despite Mulvaney’s arguments, Dr. Anthony Fauci previously explained how the coronavirus is distinctly different from the seasonal flu. The top infections disease expert explained that the coronavirus is 10 times deadlier than the seasonal flu.

“The flu has a mortality rate of 0.1 percent,” Fauci noted during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. “This has a mortality rate of 10 times that. That’s the reason I want to emphasize we have to stay ahead of the game in preventing this.”

The United States currently has more than 1.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and a death toll of just over 100,000, as of Thursday morning.

Most of the current numbers accumulated occurred during a time of strict mitigation.


  1. “I think we’ve sort of lost perspective on this. We’ve overreacted a little bit.” Mulvaney

    Excuse me? Are you saying that 100,000 deaths, most of them preventable, are not something worth reacting to in a strong manner?

    We would not be in this situation if your Dear Leader had done what other countries were doing to protect THEIR populations. All Dear Leader did was postpone the inevitable, spread MISinformation, and try to profit personally from snake oil that he was trying to hawk.

    1. “Most of them preventable”? Please, get off the drugs. Stop the selective history bullcrap. This virus was here back in December, but no one knew. Our PRESIDENT followed the advice given by his experts, who themselves thought it wasn’t a threat until it was too late to prevent the spread. He acted as soon as he was made aware. What exactly were “other countries” doing to protect their populations? Weld people in their homes and shoot them if they tried to escape?

      1. Tim, are you sitting down?

        ”Our PRESIDENT followed the advice given by his expert” Tim

        BS! Talk about selective history! King Donald The Loser was first briefed by our military on January 3rd. He did nothing except spread MISinformation. He praised China’s leader and response to the starting pandemic. He sent our “surplus” PPEs to China, too, and refused getting equipment from Europe, thereby delaying any response WE could muster. He stopped travel, eventually, from China, but we had way more infections come in from Europe. His Majesty is incompetent and inept.

        On February 3rd, Dear Leader was given his “blackswan” briefing. He dithered and spread more MISinformation, while at the same time trying to profit personally from one of his investments by using his power in office. THAT is unconscionable!

        Other countries did what they had to do, to protect their citizens and economy. Denmark has less than 5% unemployment and little disease. Look at Australian and New Zealand numbers. WE have THE MOST infections and deaths! The second most “powerful” nation, smartest people, the most developed economy in the world had the worst effects. That is just wrong.

        Your imagined worse case will only become reality if we are stupid enough to elect Dear Leader for a second term.

      2. What was clear to me, as I watched Trump “react” to the virus in January, February, and March, was that he earnestly wished it wasn’t true, and he was doing everything he could to wish it away. It was clear that he was not getting good advice, and that was because anyone who did give honest advice that didn’t agree with him got fired.

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