Dr. Ben Carson: Those Not Following Coronavirus Guidelines Are 'Part of The Problem'
HUD Secretary praises Trump administration's response to virus
HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson backed the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to work together to tackle the outbreak.
Speaking on "Hannity" Monday, Carson urged people to keep their hands clean and obey government advice, or they are "creating part of the problem."
"The president has an excellent perspective. And, you know, early on, when a lot of people were saying, 'No, you can't impose a travel ban,' you know, he stood largely alone, courageously recognizing what the consequences would be if we had all these vectors of disease transferred to our country," Carson told host Sean Hannity.
"And then the same argument occurred when it came to Europe," Carson added.
"And there will be other tough decisions. He's willing to make those decisions," he said.
"And that makes a huge difference."
Carson then praised the business community and their contributions.
"The real power in this country lies with our people," he stated.
"We have innovative people, entrepreneurial people. But we also have people who care," Carson said.
"We're getting calls all the time from companies [saying] 'What can I do to help?'"
"We need to understand that this is not a time for class warfare. This is a time for us to work together," Carson added.
"The American people are amazing when they're willing to work together."
Hannity then brought up the H1N1 flu outbreak of 2009, which prompted Carson to highlight the coronavirus severity.
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"Well, this particular virus is extraordinarily contagious. It's probably two or three times more contagious than the average flu virus that we encounter. And that's why we have to be very aggressive toward it," Carson said.
"And we can't really relax, and we can't rest on our laurels. We have to continue to use scientific evidence to make the recommendations."
The doctor urged Americans to follow guidelines the White House released Monday.
"They have to understand, even if you're feeling great, you still need to follow the recommendations about keeping your hands clean, watching about your clothing, particularly if you're coming in and mingling with the people who fit into the high-risk categories," Carson said.
"If you don't learn those things and do those things, then you're creating part of the problem."
On Monday, Popular TV doctor, Dr. Phil McGraw, slammed politicians for politicizing the coronavirus pandemic and urged people to listen to scientists.
"We need to stop politicizing this and listen to the scientists," Dr. Phil said on ABC's The View on Monday.
"I don't care what the politicians say, shut up!" he added.
"Listen to the scientists. And you need to limit the sources you're paying attention to and limit the time that you spend obsessing about this."