Dr. Anthony Fauci: National Lockdown In U.S. Shouldn't Be Ruled Out

Top coronavirus expert said Americans should be prepared "to hunker down significantly more."
Posted at 3:38 PM, Mar 15, 2020

Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that a U.S. lockdown shouldn't be ruled out to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Fauci, part of the Trump Administration's coronavirus task force, said on CNN's "State of the Union" he'd like to see more extreme action taken to reduce public gatherings.

He said, "Well, I would like to see a dramatic diminution of the personal interaction that we see in restaurants and in bars. Whatever it takes to do that, that's what I'd like to see."

Fauci told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Americans should be prepared "to hunker down significantly more." 

The U.S. has around 3,000 confirmed cases of the virus. On Saturday, Fauci warned that the U.S. has not reached its peak number of cases.

He told the press, "Now we will see more cases and we will see more suffering and death predominantly as the vice president said, among the vulnerables in our society, the individuals with the conditions that we spoke to and the elderly."

Contains footage from CNN.