Dr. Fauci: COVID-19 task force ‘argued strongly’ with Trump to extend social distancing

After initially expressing hope that the nation would be open for business again by Easter, Donald Trump announced this weekend that federal guidelines meant to limit the spread of coronavirus would be extended until April 30.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leader in the COVID-19 task force and an infectious disease expert, described what it took to convince the president to change his mind.

“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,” he said of the social distancing restrictions imposed earlier this month.

Ultimately, Fauci noted, Trump “did listen.”

He said task force members presented Trump with “patterns that are going on” revealing that the pandemic would not be under control within the shorter timeline.

“He looked at them, he understood them, and he shook his head and said, ‘I guess we got to do it,'” Fauci recalled.

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