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Trump must keep listening to experts on COVID-19

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President Donald Trump has sent mixed signals about COVID-19's risks and how long Americans will need to stay at home to contain this new disease. But on Sunday he took a sensible new stance, extending strict social distancing guidelines at least through April 30.

That's 18 days beyond Easter, when Trump had hoped to see pews packed at churches to celebrate the Christian holy day. The extended guidelines appear to heed the concerns of Trump's respected medical advisers and reflect a grim reality.

This is a new virus for which there are no treatments and no vaccine. The nation also appears to be on the front end of the contagion. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, publicly estimated Sunday that 100,000 to 200,000 people in the U.S. could die of COVID-19, even with aggressive mitigation measures.


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