US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump

US coronavirus crisis could last 18 months or more: report

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A 100-page contingency plan prepared by Trump administration experts says the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. could stretch on for 18 months – and possibly longer, according to a report.

The US Federal plan also indicated that the US could see “multiple waves” of the outbreak. This could also lead to the shortages of key goods, health care available to the public etc., the plan says. Government agencies have also noted that it will be difficult to "forecast" how Covid-19 will spread and how severe an outbreak will be.

The outbreak has sickened more than 9,400 people in the U.S. as of late Wednesday and killed more than 155.

The plan, dated last Friday, suggested that President Trump consider invoking the Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era law, as a means of making sure the nation has the medical supplies it would need in such a prolonged crisis, according to The Times.

The president invoked the act Wednesday during a White House news briefing with members of the Coronavirus Task Force. “It can do a lot of good things if we need it,” the president told reporters.