Fauci Frets That US Could See 100K New COVID Cases Daily

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 1, 2020

The country is "going in the wrong direction" in terms of controlling the spread of COVID-19, Fauci said, while testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

"When they all mix up together, and they contain some of the elements that might make them susceptible to being transmitted to humans, you always have the possibility that you might have another swine flu type outbreak as we had in 2009", Fauci said.

Fauci pointed out that the country is already seeing 40,000 new cases per day, and he doesn't see that caseload going down if outbreaks in different parts of the USA continue to increase. "I'm very concerned, and I'm not satisfied with what's going on because we're going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases".

Fauci's comments comes as the world surpassed 500,000 coronavirus deaths on Sunday.

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 USA since February. Meanwhile New York, New Jersey and CT, hot spots earlier in the pandemic, added 16 states to their self-quarantine orders for visitors.

Baker said the infection rate in MA is just under 2%, which represents about a 93% decline since the middle of April.

During the hearing earlier, Sen.

"We're not in the situation of New Zealand or Singapore or Korea where a new case is rapidly identified and all the contacts are traced and people are isolated who are sick and people who are exposed are quarantined and they can keep things under control", Dr Schuchat said in an interview with The Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday.

"There's no doubt that wearing masks protects you", Fauci said.

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.

Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., urged people to take CDC guidelines to wear a face covering seriously and lamented the politicization of mask-wearing.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there have been at least 2,612,259 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, with at least 126,512 deaths credited to the virus.

In Texas, many eyes are on Houston hospitals, where beds are quickly filling up with COVID-19 patients.

Later on, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) asked Fauci about further clarification about schools opening back up again.

"The American people should know that we have not lost sight of our responsibility to maintain our regulatory independence and ensure that our decisions related to all medical products, including those related to COVID-19 vaccines, are based on sound science and the available data", FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told the panel. That's less effective than many of today's vaccines but independent experts say that would be a good start against the virus.

But a vaccine is at the very least many months away.

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