President Donald Trump was warned by a top adviser in late January that some 500,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus and nonetheless downplayed such risks, according to the New York Times. Trump, who's denied seeing the warning, announced an "Opening Our Country" task force Friday, saying he wants to end lockdowns "as soon as possible." It would be his "biggest decision," but done in consultation with medical advisers.
Can he do that? Not exactly, as governors, experts and aid agencies are collaborating on their own strategy, employing greater testing and unprecedented contact tracking.