Fauci’s gloomy assessment comes as President Trump has downplayed the catastrophe.
July 6, 2020, 8: 26 PM
6 min read
The present condition of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. is”not great,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Monday amid an alarming rise in new cases and hospitalizations.
His remarks were in stark contrast with those of President Donald Trump, who has sought to play down the threat in nations where governors and mayors are struggling to control outbreaks following reopening — outbreaks the president has called”embers.”
Fauci explained the current state of the pandemic at the U.S. is worsening in part because, unlike Europe, cities and states in the U.S. moved to reopen until the country sufficiently lowered the amount of instances.
States in west and the south have seen surges in the number of individuals.
The positivity rate in California has reached 6.8%, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, and Arizona has attained 100,000 cases with concerns climbing about a lack of accessible ICU beds in the state.
10 states hit a record high number of fresh COVID-19 cases over the weekend and 9 hit list numbers of current hospitalizations, based on state data compiled by The New York Times and The COVID Tracking Project.
“The present condition is actually not good, in the sense that, as you probably know, we had been at a situation we had been averaging approximately 20,000 new cases, a day. And a series of circumstances associated with cities and numerous states attempting to open up in the feeling of return into a kind of normality has led to a situation where we have record breaking instances. Two days ago it was at 57,500. So within a period of a week and a half. We’ve almost doubled the number of cases,” he explained in a livestream with NIH Director Francis Collins.
“We’re still knee deep at the first wave of this. And I would say this wouldn’t be thought of as a wave. It was a explosion, or resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline. If you consider the charts from Europe. Europe, the European Union as an entity, it moved up, \then came down to baseline. Now they are having small blips, as you may expect, as they attempt to reopen, we moved up, never came down to baseline, and now we’re surging back up,” he said.
“So, it is a serious situation that we must address instantly,” Fauci warned.
Fauci said regardless of where you’re Americans should continue to wear masks outside and inside , social space, and avoid crowds. On the younger average age of new cases, Fauci stated more of the new instances are in younger individuals, in part since they are sick of being at home and are returning to social activities, restaurants, and bars, but they are not immune.
“Young people shouldn’t feel that they’re resistant to serious effects,” he said, adding that if young men and women get infected with no symptoms which does not mean it isn’t a issue.
“By becoming infected they are dispersing the outbreak, because accidentally or innocently, they could infect someone, who would infect someone, and then all of a sudden somebody’s grandmother or grandfather, or aunt who is getting chemotherapy for breast cancer becomes infected. So although you think you are isolated in a vacuum you are part of the propagation of the pandemic so it’s your responsibility for yourself, and to society, to avoid infection. That’s the concept, I know it’s difficult to get out to young people, but they really need to comprehend that.”
On the strain around the current outbreaks,” Fauci said Americans should not appear at people wellness attempts and reopening the economy as at odds with each other but there ought to be a balance of all the parameters to use protecting public health for a means to reopen.
“I hope they appreciate it, that rather than looking at the general public health effort, versus economic opening, as if they were opposing forces,” he said. “They are not. We ought to make use of the general health effort for a car and a pathway to get to reopening that is safe, it is not an obstacle. It is a pathway to perform that. So we’ve got to make sure that we don’t make this binary type thing it is us against them, it’s not. We are all in it together,” he said.