An article by the World Economic Forum and a press briefing by President Donald Trump supports the statement.
The 17 March 2020 press briefing by U.S. President Donald Trump available on the official White House website shows that Vice President urged the people to stay home and practice social distancing from people. No social gatherings of more than 10 people had been suggested. When Trump was asked if the Imperial College report was taken into consideration to decides the measures, to which he answered that many models were looked into and that they wanted to save a lot of lives.
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.