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Trump downplayed coronavirus while he was told to lock down

It wasn't until mid-March when cases in the US had already increased that the Trump administration recognized the need for action and lockdown.

It wasn't until mid-March when cases in the US had already increased that the Trump administration recognized the need for action and lockdown.The US saw its first case of the virus in mid-January, a few weeks after its effects had been observed in China. From January to March however, the Trump administration claimed that the risk to US residents was extremely low and President Trump continued to host large election rallies in various states. As cases rose in the US, despite WHO warnings and CDC alarm, the administration downplayed the penetration of the virus in the US and did not take many preventive measures besides conducting screenings at three airports and banning entry to the country. It wasn't until March 16, that President Trump issued social distancing and stay at home guidelines. In the coming weeks, the administration considered lifting those guidelines in April, however medical experts advised against it.

The timelines of US response to the virus indicate that despite warnings from health organizations in January, February, and March the administration only instituted lockdown measures in mid-March.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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