Fauci To Americans: Expect To Stay Home For Several More Weeks

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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 17: National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Director Dr. … [+] Anthony Fauci, joined by members of the Coronavirus Task Force, speaks about the coronavirus outbreak in the press briefing room at the White House on March 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Trump administration is considering an $850 billion stimulus package to counter the economic fallout as the coronavirus spreads. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Topline: As more states, like California, announce more shutdowns, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci said on the “Today” show that he expects Americans to be stuck inside for at least the next several weeks as measures to “flatten the curve” ramp up.

  • “I cannot see that all of a sudden, next week or two weeks from now it’s going to be over. I don’t think there’s a chance of that,” Fauci told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie
  • What’s more, he added that officials likely won’t know whether measures to flatten the curve are working until later this spring, saying, “It probably would be several weeks and maybe longer before we know whether we’re having an effect.” 
  • His remarks follow Trump’s prediction earlier this week that the coronavirus outbreak could peter out by July or August.
  • Americans are encouraged to delay unnecessary travel, avoid group gatherings of more than 10 people, and work from home when possible. 

Further Reading: Trump Says Crisis Could Last Until July, Recommends No Gatherings Over 10 People

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