RED BANK, NJ: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House task force on combating the spread of coronavirus, said he is open to 14-day national shutdown to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking on several talk shows on Sunday, “I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,” said Fauci. 

Fauci is the head the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health and said he raised the shutdown issue with the Trump administration, and said it has been open to his ideas.

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With an incubation period between 2 days to 14 days before symptoms appear, Fauci said, “I don’t want to be in a situation where I’m going to be all of a sudden self-isolating for 14 days.  Everybody has got to get involved in distancing themselves socially,” Fauci said.

Over 150,000 people have been sickened by the worldwide outbreak that has left more than 5,800 dead.  In the United States more than 50 people have died, with almost 3,000 infections across 49 states.

According to the World Health Organization, most people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three weeks to six weeks to recover.

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