Dr. Fauci COVID Senate testimony: 4 sobering takeaways

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 1, 2020

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, center, speaks as Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, left, listen during a news conference with members of the Coronavirus task force at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020.

Fauci, the country's top infectious diseases expert, told senators that the United States could see the number of COVID-19 infections skyrocket.

According to CNN, 36 states have reported a noticeable increase in the number of new cases over the last week when compared to the previous week. And at least 12 states are reporting increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations. "I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around", Fauci said. "Clearly we are not in total control".

It comes as top U.S. disease expert Anthony Fauci, who is due to testify to Congress, says an "alarmingly large" number of Americans are "anti-science".

America doesn't have the coronavirus under control.

"We've got to make sure that when states start to try to open again, they need to follow the guidelines that have been very carefully laid out with regard to checkpoints", Fauci said, adding that some states were "going too quickly" and "skipping over some of the checkpoints".

A crowd of people in California mingling in close proximity despite the rapid spread of coronavirus continuing. "Donald Trump failed us", the 77-year-old former vice president said in a speech in DE, where he unveiled an updated plan to tackle the pandemic. The CDC said colleges should only test those who are showing symptoms, or who have had a known interaction with an infected individual.

One suggestion is to pool testing samples.

It's only if the test is positive that scientists would have to test each sample to find which one is positive.

Regarding a potential vaccine, Fauci said that while health officials are hopeful, there's "no guarantee" the US will develop a "safe and effective" vaccine for the coronavirus.

Even in states whose leadership was more cautious, Fauci said, there have still been examples of large groups congregating and disregarding critical public health measures.

"We should not look at the public health endeavors as being an obstruction to opening up".

President Trump, who refuses to wear a mask at public events and in the past has mocked his rivals for wearing them, has signalled he wants to move on from the coronavirus crisis and focus on his re-election campaign. "That's why I've suggested that the president occasionally wear a mask, even though in most cases it's not necessary for him to do so".

"Unfortunately, this simple life-saving practice has become part of the political debate that says if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask, if you're against Trump, you do", Alexander said.

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