Fauci Urges Federal Stay-At-Home Order: ‘I Don’t Understand Why That’s Not Happening’

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci listens during a briefing by the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House on March 9, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, called on the Trump administration on Thursday to issue a country-wide stay-at-home order to stymie the spread of COVID-19.

“I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” Fauci told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper during the network’s town hall.

The doctor said he didn’t “want to get into” the tension between states’ rights and federally mandated directives.

“But if you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that,” Fauci added. “We really should be.”

President Donald Trump has yet to issue such a mandate as the coronavirus continues to bloom throughout the U.S. Meanwhile, at least 38 states have ordered their residents to stay home.

Watch Fauci below:

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