Trump Worried About 2.2 Million Deaths, Extends Shutdown Through April

President Trump addressed the nation tonight and extended social distancing guidelines through April.

Trump's National Address

The press conference started 43 minutes late. To watch the video move the timeline to the 43 minute mark.

The press conference was about two hours long.

Trump Comments

"We will be extending our guidelines through April 30 to slow the spread. On Tuesday we will finalizing these plans and providing a summary of our findings, supporting data, and strategy to the American people."

"We will have an important statement tuesday, probably Tuesday evening, on all of the finding and all of the data and the reasons we are doing things the way we are doing them."

"We can expect that by June 1, we will be well on our way to recovery"

Dr. Anthony Fauci Comments

"The decision to prolong, not prolong, but to extend this mitigation process until the end of April I think was a wise and prudent decision. Dr. [Deborah] Birx and I spent a considerable time going over all the data, why we felt this was best choice of us and the president accepted it. The idea that we may have these cases played a role in the decision that we don't do something prematurely and pull back when we should be pushing."

1.6 Million to 2.2 Million Deaths - Doing Nothing

The comments by Dr. Fauci were in reference to models, also mentioned by Trump, that showed if nothing was done, there would be 1.6 million to 2.2 million deaths.

80,000 to 200,000 Deaths - With Successful Intervention

"If we can hold that down, to 100,000 - it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000 so we have between 100,000 to 200,000 - we all together have done a very good job,” said Trump.

With social distancing, quarantines, and work stoppages, the models suggested a range of 80,000 to 200,000 deaths according to Dr. Fauci.

Easter Peak

Trump had hoped to reopen the economy by Easter, Sunday April 12, but instead accepted the advice of Doctors Fauci and Birx.

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