The White House Coronavirus Task Force is now urging Americans to avoid going to grocery stores and pharmacies over the next two weeks as the pandemic is expected to worsen across the country.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s task force coordinator, made the warning during a weekend press conference.
“The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” said Birx. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe and that means everybody doing the 6-feet distancing, washing their hands.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the task force, reiterated he remarked and emphasized the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“As sobering and a difficult as this is, what we are doing is making a difference,” Fauci said.
As Fauci urged Americans to be patient and let mitigation efforts work, Trump said: “Mitigation does work. But again, we’re not going to destroy our country.”
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