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US Fauci Says Americans Must be Prepared to Hunker Down More

16:50  15 march  2020
16:50  15 march  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Americans must be ready for more drastic steps to slow the march of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. “ Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,” Fauci , director of the National

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Americans must be ready for more drastic steps to slow the march of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.

“Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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But Fauci said Sunday that there are much more worrying considerations than the inconvenience of travelers during a time when Americans have been asked to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus. “Obviously whenever you have crowds — that's the thing we've been talking

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Asked if he would prefer some kind of 14-day national shutdown to “flatten the curve” of Covid-19 spread, Fauci said -- in one of five interviews on Sunday talk shows -- “I would prefer as much as we possibly could.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” though, the veteran infectious diseases specialist didn’t endorse a nationwide shutdown. With ‘stringent mitigation and containment’ measures without a complete lockdown will help the U.S. avoid getting to where Italy is now, he said.

On ABC’s “This Week,” Fauci said domestic travel restrictions are likely not in the immediate future but are possible as the U.S. refines its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Travel restrictions within the country have not been seriously discussed,” Fauci said.

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She said that cities and towns should plan for “social distancing measures,” like dividing school classes into smaller groups of students or closing schools altogether. Meetings and conferences may have to be canceled, she said . Businesses should arrange for employees to work from home.

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”I don’t see that now in the immediate future,” he said, adding that the Trump administration is “open minded” about steps it might have to take.

Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said he was “absolutely” confident the federal government is doing what it needs to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Members of the task force are scheduled to brief the media later on Sunday.

(Updates with Fox News comment in fourth paragraph.)

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"Obviously, things are unpredictable," he said."Obviously, things are unpredictable. But if you look at the dynamics of the outbreak in Italy, we don't know why they are suffering so terribly. But there's a possibility, and many of us believe, that early on they did not shut out as well the input of infections that originated in China and came to different parts of the world," Fauci said on CBS's "Face the Nation.

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