Joe Biden said Friday that he, as president, would recommend every governor lock down their states for several weeks to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“For the time being, I would, yes,” Biden told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Here is the point… you don’t know who doesn’t have it. You don’t know who doesn’t have the virus. So a lot of people walking around looking like they're pretty healthy and they may very well have the virus and transmit it.”
The question stemmed from billionaire investor Bill Gates telling CNN on Thursday that the United States should shut down the entire country for a short period of time to control the spread of the coronavirus. Gates suggested closing for six to 10 weeks.
Biden added that “two weeks in what is going to be a long fight to deal with this is a small price to pay,” adding that is especially the case because the country can “compensate people for the lost time” with legislation like the sweeping bill that President Donald Trump signed on Friday.
Biden did not explicitly endorse the length of Gates' suggestion.
Biden’s comments stand in opposition to Trump, who has not called for a nationwide lockdown and has said he hopes the nation will re-open by mid-April.