White House Wuhan Coronavirus Task Force Briefs Americans

Last updated March, 31st 2020 at 7:42 PM est

White House Wuhan Coronavirus Task Force Briefs Americans

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  • Mar 31, 2020 7:42 PM est | Matt Vespa       

We're done for tonight 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:42 PM est | Ellie Bufkin       

That's a wrap! A tidy 2 hours and 10 minutes. 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:40 PM est | Matt Vespa       

The 100,000-200,000 death toll number is jarring, but keep social distancing, keep washing your hands, stay inside, and we'll get through this. 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:40 PM est | Ellie Bufkin       

Trump says "One more question and we'll see you tomorrow."

One off camera reporter quips back, "It almost is tomorrow!"

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:40 PM est | Matt Vespa       

This has been a long, but informative presser...cvil too. 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:37 PM est | Katie Pavlich       
  • Mar 31, 2020 7:36 PM est | Katie Pavlich       

Dr. Birx: We were missing a significant amount of data from China.

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:33 PM est | Katie Pavlich       

The task force has been speaking now for two hours. 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:31 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

hahaha. Well now we have an extra year to practice for Olympics 2021!

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:28 PM est | Ellie Bufkin       

At 7:32, we will have clocked in at 2 hours. 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:25 PM est | Ellie Bufkin       

After many, many questions about masks, Dr. Birx says, ultimately, "it's still under discussion."

Trump says you can wear a scarf around your face if it makes you feel better. 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:25 PM est | Beth Baumann       

"You people never get tired," Trump tells the press corps as he takes another question.

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:24 PM est | Matt Vespa       

Dr. Fauci debunks story from MIT professor who suggests droplets from sneezing can reach 27 feet. Fauci said he was disappointed in that story, calling it misleading. if you sneeze violently and exert extra energy in that sneeze, MAYBE you can get 27 feet. 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:23 PM est | Ellie Bufkin       

Did anyone have their stopwatch out for the exchange between Trump and Acosta? Had to have been 10 minutes

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:23 PM est | Matt Vespa       

This is a marathon presser 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:21 PM est | Matt Vespa       

Trump-Acosta exchange not as heated today

Acosta asked if Trump has taken the virus more seriously 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:19 PM est | Beth Baumann       

Trump brings up a valid point. It would be easy for him to get up on stage every day and be negative.

"I'm a cheerleader for our country."

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:18 PM est | Katie Pavlich       
POTUS: I don't want to be a negative person. 
  • Mar 31, 2020 7:17 PM est | Katie Pavlich       

"This is really easy to be negative about. I want to give hope" -POTUS 

  • Mar 31, 2020 7:14 PM est | Matt Vespa       

Good question about fears or Wuhan spreading like a brushfire because of CA's homeless problem.