People stand spaced apart while waiting outside a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles location, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Boston. People observe social distancing out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Flattening the curve helps prevent the spread of more cases. (Chart: FlattenTheCurve.com)

Over 17,000 people around the world have died from coronavirus. (Graphic: David Foster/Yahoo Finance)

Wen stressed that she does “understand” the economic trade offs, but said this isn’t the time to ease up on restrictions. 

“We’re talking about the blood of tens of thousands, if not more, of our citizens on our hands,” she said, adding: “We keep on talking about this as a war against the virus. Well, then we need wartime mobilization. We need the president to put into effect the Defense Production Act. We need every resource of the federal government because we can’t do this on our own. And why is this even called a national emergency if we’re not putting the full weight of our national resources and political power behind it?” 

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