Dr. Fauci Tells Senators The US Is "Going In The Wrong Direction"

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 1, 2020

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

His testimony Tuesday comes as more than 30 states reported rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.

The hearing took place as Republican governors of newly hard hit states, including Texas and Florida, have been rescinding reopening plans in the face of surging cases of he virus that has killed at least 124,000 people in the US since February.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, leading infectious disease expert in the US says the number of new daily COVID-19 cases in the country could surpass 100,000 if Americans don't start following public health recommendations regarding the virus.

State and local leaders have said the rise in cases are in part driven by gatherings, both in homes and in places like bars - which some experts called the flawless breeding ground for the virus. "And so I am very concerned". Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. on how many cases and deaths the nation could end up seeing, Fauci declined to offer a death estimate beyond his initial prognosis of somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said COVID-19 cases could grow to 100,000 a day in the United States if Americans don't start following public health recommendations.

Though he said he couldn't make an exact prediction without worrying that the totals would later be seen as either overblowing or lowballing it, he said that it'll be "very disturbing, I can guarantee you that".

Fauci rejected that narrative one day later, warning that outbreaks in certain areas put the entire country at risk.

"I think it is important to tell and you the American public that I'm very concerned because it could get very bad", Fauci said.

"We're looking at the Fourth of July coming up in a couple of days, and frankly it scares me", he said.

But when asked by CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen whether the US can get to herd immunity if 25% of the population refuses to get a coronavirus vaccine with that rate of effectiveness, Fauci said, "No, unlikely".

Graffiti depicting US President Trump, right, and China's President Xi Jinping kissing each other with face masks, displayed at a wall in Berlin, Germany.

"Frankly it scares me", he said.

"But it's something we need to keep our eye out on just the way we did in 2009 with the emergence of the swine flu", he said. There are crowds, they're not physical distancing, and they're not wearing masks.

Earlier today: The World Health Organization confirmed in an email to CNN on Tuesday that agency officials are carefully reading the new data that has emerged on the swine flu virus. He warned community spread is more hard to contain than spread in single location like a prison or nursing home.

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