Dr. Fauci about Coronavirus: we’re going in the wrong direction

Dr. Anthony Fauci dons a Washington National Mask for a Senate committee hearing Tuesday. (AP)

WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci wants to be optimistic, but he also wants Americans to understand that they must follow the coronavirus’s public health recommendations.


What you need to know

  • Fauci: US could go to 100,000 cases a day if we don’t turn this around
  • 4 states account for 50% of new cases of coronavirus
  • Fauci still has hopeful schools that can reopen in the fall

The country’s leading infectious disease expert spoke at a hearing on Tuesday Senate Committee on Health Information, Labor and Pensions about reopening schools and workplaces.

“We now have 40 plus a thousand new cases a day. I wouldn’t be surprised if we reach 100,000 a day if this doesn’t turn around, which is why I’m very concerned, ”said Fauci, chief infectious disease at the National Institutes of Health.

According to estimates, an estimated 39,586 were reported in the United States on Monday Johns Hopkins University, which keeps track of coronavirus cases. In total, the country has seen over 2.5 million cases.


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Fauci said he hoped schools could reopen in the fall and that we should do everything we can to make that possible.

“There are things that can be done creatively by adjusting things, such as the school’s schedule, alternating days, mornings and evenings, which allow online virtual lessons under certain circumstances,” said Fauci. “Those are the things we have to take into account, but it is also important to always reach the goal that it is very important to get the kids back to school.”

But Fauci said this would largely depend on the dynamics of the outbreaks across the country and the specific locations of the schools.

While some states did well in stopping coronavirus cases, Fauci admitted that this was not enough.

“While we have some parts of the country that are doing well, I am deeply concerned about what is currently going on, especially in the four states responsible for about 50 percent of the new infections, but the other vulnerable says, “said Fauci.” So I have to say that the numbers speak for themselves. I am very concerned, I am not satisfied with what is going on because we are going the wrong way. “

Those four states include California, Texas, Arizona, and Florida.


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Fauci referred to videos of people who socialize, often without masks or according to other safety guidelines, as evidence of this. He also expressed disappointment at American Airlines’ recent decision to rebook aircraft on capacity. He said the only way to reduce rising coronavirus cases was for Americans to see this as a team effort. And that means that everyone contributes, even when they are not sick.

“I think we should emphasize the responsibility we have as individuals and as part of a social effort to end the epidemic – that we all have a role to play in that,” said Fauci.

This report uses information from the Associated Press.

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