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Fauci: 'It's going to be several weeks' of social distancing for coronavirus

Fauci: 'It's going to be several weeks' of social distancing for coronavirus

Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care — Fauci: Lack of facts 'likely' cost lives in coronavirus fight | CDC changes COVID-19 vaccine guidance to allow rare mixing of Pfizer, Moderna shots | Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda Fauci infuriated by threats to family Poll: Plurality of voters say coronavirus vaccine rollout slower than expected MORE said Friday that Americans will most likely have to continue social distancing and stay inside their homes for several more weeks.

“If you look at the trajectory of the curves of outbreaks and other areas, at least going to be several weeks,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Savannah Guthrie on NBC's “Today."

“I cannot see that all of a sudden, next week or two weeks from now, it's going to be over," he added. "I don't think there's a chance of that. I think it's going to be several weeks.”

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During the interview, Fauci was asked if President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report MORE should use the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of critical supplies that hospitals around the country are running dangerously low on, such as surgical masks.

"I think we should do everything we possibly can do. I mean, in all sectors, because obviously, as I've said so many times, when you think you're maybe overreacting, you probably are not acting as forcefully as you should," said Fauci, who is a member of the White House's coronavirus task force.

The administration this week advised Americans to not gather in groups of more than 10 people and to work from home for the next 15 days.

Earlier in the week, Fauci said it could take several weeks to know if the guidelines put in place successfully flatten the curve.