In an April 12 interview on CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that early warnings to start social distancing received “a lot of pushback” in the government’s response to the outbreak. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is the country’s leading infectious disease expert.

In an interview with Jake Tapper, when asked if social distancing and stay home measures would have helped in February instead of mid-March, Fauci said, ” I mean, obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives. Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those decisions is complicated. But you’re right, I mean, obviously, if we had right from the very beginning shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then.”

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Fauci is one member of a coronavirus task force providing advice and recommendations to the White House. A report from the New York Times found multiple missteps and ignored warnings in the Trump Administration’s response to the coronavirus. Health experts recommended that precautions be put into place in mid-February, a request largely ignored by the White House.

A White House meeting on February 21 predicted over 110 million infections and the group recommended aggressive social distancing. Changes did not start until March 16, when President Trump started setting social distancing guidelines. In the interview, Tapper asked Fauci why the President waited three weeks to follow recommendations. Fauci replied, “You know, Jake, as I have said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint. We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes it’s not. But we — it is what it is. We are where we are right now.”

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