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“To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home,” Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York tweeted.

Ilhan Omar shared a similar sentiment, saying that every American should receive a check until the pandemic is over.

“We need to send every American a check until this crisis is over,” she tweeted.

“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies, to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments.”

Osterholm, who is currently director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota said, “We could do all of that.”

“If we did that, then we could lockdown for 4 to 6 weeks.”