Trump: It Could Be July, August Before Coronavirus ‘Washes Through’ U.S.

By Melanie Arter | March 16, 2020 | 6:15pm EDT
(Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

( - President Donald Trump said Monday that it could take until July or August before the country turns the corner in dealing with the coronavirus.

During a White House press briefing, Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts asked the president, “A lot of people are concerned about how long all of this might last. Do you have any kind of estimate that if Americans really were to band together and do what the White House is suggesting, how quickly can we turn this corner?”


“My favorite question. I ask it all the time. How many times? [NIH’s] Anthony [Fauci], I think I ask him that question, every day, and I speak to Deborah [Birx]. I speak to a lot of them,” the president said.

“I get the opinion, so it seems to me that If we do a really good job, we’ll not only hold the deaths down to a level that is much lower than the other way had we not done a good job, but people are talking about July, August, something like that. So it could be right in that period of time where it  - I say wash -- it washes through, other people don't like that term, but where it washes through,” Trump said.

“Is this the new normal until the height of the summer?” Roberts asked.

“We’ll see what happens, but they think August, could be July, could be longer than that, but I've asked that question many, many times,” the president said.

When asked whether the administration is considering more aggressive containment options like quarantine or a nationwide curfew, Trump said, “We have that very much, and we’ve been pretty aggressive. We were early with Europe but very, very early with China and other places, and fortunately we were. 

“And as far as containment here, we are. We’re coming out with strong suggestions, and it’s becoming a little bit automatic. You look at people. They’re not doing certain things. For instance, obviously not, I wouldn't say the restaurant business is booming and bars and grills, and people are self-containing to a large extent. We look forward to the day where we can get back to normal,” he said.

Trump said he’s not considering a nationwide lockdown “at this point,” but he said, “there are some places in our nation that are not very effective at all, but we may look at certain areas, certain hot spots as they call them. We’ll be looking at that, but at this moment, no, we’re not.”


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