“My fellow Americans, the next few months are going to be hard. For many of us, harder than anything we’ve faced in our lifetimes.
But we can defeat it, and we will defeat it.
But more important than the plan is this:
We must all own this fight.
Defeating this outbreak will take science and medicine, but it will also take unity and partnership – from all of us.
Until then, what we have is us. Our choices, our decisions, our behavior – that is how we will do this.
Here is the plan.
We have seen what happened in Wuhan, and is happening in Iran and Italy. We should not imagine it cannot happen here.
You may be one of those people, or you may love one of those people – all of us have a stake in this.
This must be a whole-of-society effort.
Even if you are young and low risk, you can still contract and spread it. And that threatens those who are at higher risk.
I applaud the brave and difficult decisions made today by the NCAA and NBA – they are leading by example. I call on other business and civic leaders to follow them.
But they can’t do this alone.
I am also directing the military to make military doctors available to expand critical care capacity around the country.
And let’s talk about testing. First, I apologize.
I know many of you do not trust me, and do not often wish me to succeed. But in this I will do my best to deserve your trust, and once this is over we can go back to fighting over judges and policy.