Dr. Birx says she wishes the US lockdown looked more like Italy's where the public faced stringent restrictions on movement - but admits 'Americans would not like that'

White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said that she wished Americans had been forced into a total lockdown the way Italy was early in the pandemic. 
Speaking with the media Monday, Dr. Birx said: 'I wish that when we went into lockdown, we looked like Italy.' 
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte imposed a nationwide quarantine on March 9, closing all non-essential businesses. The quarantine did not begin to loosen until the middle of April, with 'Phase 2' re-opening beginning in early May, although travel restrictions were still in effect. 
White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx (pictured Monday) said she wished America's lockdown had been like the total lockdown Italy ordered in early March
White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx (pictured Monday) said she wished America's lockdown had been like the total lockdown Italy ordered in early March 

'When Italy locked down, I mean, people weren't allowed out of their houses,' Birx said, adding that 'they couldn't come out but once every two weeks to buy groceries for one hour and they had to have a certificate that said they were allowed. 
'Americans don't react well to that kind of prohibition,' she said. 
American cities and states didn't begin imposing lockdowns until nearly the end of March, with some areas choosing not to quarantine at all. 
In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, hard-hit Italy was declared the first European nation to experience an outbreak, with a mortality rate that outpaced that experienced in China. 
Italy has reported 254,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus with nearly 35,400 deaths to date.  
Police officers in Milan are pictured examining self-certifications of people in Piazza Duomo on March 12, after the nationwide quarantine was announced
Police officers in Milan are pictured examining self-certifications of people in Piazza Duomo on March 12, after the nationwide quarantine was announced
A street in Rome is shown on March 14, nearly deserted after the nationwide lockdown began
A street in Rome is shown on March 14, nearly deserted after the nationwide lockdown began
Florence's Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio are seen complete empty on April 9
Florence's Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio are seen complete empty on April 9
The New York City subways were full of people during the height of the pandemic on April 7
The New York City subways were full of people during the height of the pandemic on April 7
NYCs Central Park was full of people on April 19 despite the statewide lockdown in effect
NYCs Central Park was full of people on April 19 despite the statewide lockdown in effect
In New York - the epicenter of the US pandemic - dozens of people were seen strolling around with and without masks at Long Island's Jones Beach on April 25
In New York - the epicenter of the US pandemic - dozens of people were seen strolling around with and without masks at Long Island's Jones Beach on April 25

The United States, meanwhile, has had 5.4million confirmed coronavirus cases and 170,000 deaths to date.   
Birx noted that now, Americans will need to be met with restrictions that they can live with, while also instituting personal behavioral changes, to help curb the spread of coronavirus.   
She offered up a strategy that seemed to be working in Arizona, which entailed closing gyms and bars, mandating masks and banning groups of more than 10 people. 
But, for example, Arizona residents were still allowed to go to malls and restaurants provided capacities were limited. 

Birx said that Americans needed to continue to limited their interaction with others and also wear face masks.   
'People were interacting, people were out, but people, by just not doing those careful things, were able to drop the cases significantly, probably by more than 80%,' Birx said of the Arizona experience, according to CNN.
'Tens of thousands of lives can be saved if we wear masks, and we don't have parties in our backyards … taking those masks off,' she said.
'Somehow we always believe our family’s safe and our friends are safe. You cannot tell who's infected with the virus.
'You need to keep your mask on,' she said. 
The CDC recommends the wearing of cloth face coverings as a 'critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities.'
Research has shown that 'There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others,' the CDC said in mid-July.  
Dr. Birx says she wishes the US lockdown looked more like Italy's where the public faced stringent restrictions on movement - but admits 'Americans would not like that' Dr. Birx says she wishes the US lockdown looked more like Italy's where the public faced stringent restrictions on movement - but admits 'Americans would not like that' Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 02:55 Rating: 5

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