Mar 19, 2020

Recording Shows Senator Richard Burr Warning Private Audience About Coronavirus Weeks Ago

Richard Burr Coronavirus Secret Recording Transcript
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A secret recording released by NPR shows Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr issuing a dire warning about the coronavirus three weeks ago. This raised questions as to why this wasn’t told to the public earlier, at a time when several people were downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19. Read the transcript of sections of the recording here.

Sen. Richard Burr: (00:16)
There’s one thing that I can tell you about this. It is much more aggressive in its transmission than anything we have seen in recent history. It’s probably more akin to the 1918 Pandemic.

Sen. Richard Burr: (01:50)
Every company should be cognizant of the fact that you may have to alter your travel. You may have to look at your employees and judge whether the trip they’re making to Europe is essential or whether it could be done on video conference. Why risk it?