The Trump administration is crafting new national guidelines on who should wear face coverings to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease, which has now killed more than 6,000 people across the country and more than 53,000 globally.
The coordinator of President Trump’s COVID-19 task force, Dr. Deborah Birx, says officials are worried that new data suggest current social-distancing guidelines still aren’t being taken seriously enough by many Americans to keep the country’s death toll at or below the prediction of at least 100,000.
While most Americans are already under stay-at-home orders imposed by their governors, the president has kept the onus on state leaders to impose such measures. But as the White House strategy evolves, its chief epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was asked on CNN whether he felt a nationwide lockdown would help.
“If you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that,” he said.
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