Dr. Fauci Predicts Coronavirus Outbreak Will Last at Least a Few Weeks

Fox News reports National Institutes of Health infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci — a member of President Trump’s coronavirus task force — told “Bill Hemmer Reports” Friday that it is unclear when the virus will reach its peak and begin to subside in the U.S.

Hemmer asked Fauci about the possibility of Easter Sunday, April 12, being a day of “American resurrection” when people may be able return their lives to normal.

“I can’t predict what the situation would be,” he said. “I think we need to be prepared to modify behavior, even when it involves things that are very close to our hearts.”

In recent days, the governors of California, New York and Illinois have issued so-called “stay at home” orders discouraging residents from going outside in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

In addition, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued a sweeping executive order Thursday banning the operation of “non-life-sustaining” businesses throughout the Commonwealth — shuttering state-owned liquor stores and private businesses like hairdressers, tax preparers, car dealerships and real estate agencies.

“If you look at China, at what happened in South Korea and Italy, you see that the outbreak putters along and then it goes way up, peaks, then comes down,” Fauci told Hemmer. “The height of peak and duration is influenced by the things you do to mitigate it. That’s why we’re doing it right now, the separation of people.

“But a typical duration of an outbreak is measured in a few weeks,” Fauci went on. “The China one was 6-8 weeks before it was really weighted down … there’s no question when you look at the various models, it is going to be a few weeks.”