Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was provided a historical past lesson on Twitter after he fretted over stay-at-home orders imposed to restrict the unfold of the lethal coronavirus ravaging the nation.
“What would the Founders say?” the congressman requested on Twitter.
Amid spiking COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations, a number of states have tightened restrictions, ordering companies to shut and asking residents to remain at dwelling. In Jordan’s dwelling state of Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has prolonged a nighttime curfew by Jan. 2 and steered he may quickly shut bars and eating places.
Jordan has repeatedly expressed skepticism in regards to the severity of the pandemic. Earlier this month, he mocked the nation’s prime infectious illness knowledgeable, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for his plea that Americans keep away from Christmas journey.
December has been the deadliest month of the pandemic but for the U.S. More than 60,000 deaths have been recorded this month alone.
Critics famous that the Founders had in truth adopted strict measures to stifle infectious illness outbreaks primarily based on the science of their time.
During the American Revolution, George Washington worked to comprise a smallpox epidemic by isolating anybody suspected of an infection and limiting exterior contact together with his military. In 1776, when the British withdrew from Boston, Washington mandated that solely troopers that had already been contaminated be allowed into town.
In 1796, in response to a lethal yellow fever outbreak, Congress passed the first federal quarantine legislation, which was signed by Washington. It licensed the federal authorities to assist states implement quarantines as essential.
There’s extra historical past beneath, courtesy of Jordan’s Twitter critics.
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