US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield praised the American people for largely adhering to social distancing guidelines, which he described as among the most important "weapons" wielded against the pandemic.
Redfield made these comments Thursday night during CNN's coronavirus town hall.
"We have one of the most powerful weapons against this virus. We're not defenseless. And that weapon was the social distance and is the social distancing. This virus has a very significant weakness. It can't swim 7 feet. If we can just maximize that social distancing, we can limit this virus's ability. Many people didn't predict and the modelers didn't predict for sure that the majority of American people would embrace that social distancing. And what I've said, when all of us try to do behavior modification, whether it's what we eat, exercise, you know, whether cigarette smoking, whatever it is for our own health, we're not very good at that," Redfield said.
He added: "But I can tell you, I've been really unbelievably amazed and gratified by the commitment of the American people."