Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the experts on the coronavirus task force gave some insight into their efforts to successfully get President Trump to extend the coronavirus guidelines.
According to The Hill:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Monday that the White House coronavirus task force aggressively lobbied President Trump to extend social distancing guidelines another month as the U.S. grapples with the fallout of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“We felt that if we prematurely pulled back, we would only form an acceleration or rebound of something, which would put you behind where you were before, and that’s a reason why we argued strongly with the president that he not withdraw those guidelines,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“And he did listen,” Fauci added.
Trump announced on Sunday that federal guidelines urging Americans to avoid nonessential travel and in-person gatherings of more than 10 people would be extended until at least the end of April. The announcement marked a significant shift for the president, who had earlier this month floated the idea of reopening the U.S. economy by Easter on April 12.
Fauci also made a terrifying estimate when he said he wouldn’t be surprised to see 100,000+ deaths.