Fauci warns that latest outbreaks could spread widely

Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Senator Amy Klobuchar says Trump fears losing if voters can mail their ballots; US COVID-19 Cases Reach Highest Levels Since April IMF Cuts Global Growth Forecast Amid Increasing Coronavirus Cases Most Concerned About Reopening of Schools: MORE Survey He warned on Friday that recent spikes in coronavirus cases could spread across the country and begged Americans to practice social distancing to address the recent outbreaks.

Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said at a television conference in Washington, DC, on Friday afternoon that Americans have a “social responsibility” to practice social distancing to stop the spread. of COVID-19.

“You have an individual responsibility to yourself, but you have a social responsibility, because if we want to end this outbreak, really end it, and hopefully when a vaccine comes in and the nail is put in the coffin, we have to realize that we are part of the process, ”Fauci said during a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force, the first of its kind since May.

Fauci said that Americans could “be part of the solution or part of a problem.”

His sobering remarks came when coronavirus infections in states like Arizona, Texas, Florida and California have increased significantly. Both Texas and Florida said Friday they would close bars to address the increase in cases.

Fauci noted that some areas of the country have done well to curb coronavirus infections with “prudent” reopening plans. But he pointed to a disturbing trend in certain areas that he warned could spread across the country if left unchecked.

“We are facing a serious problem in certain areas,” Fauci said. “We have a very heterogeneous country, but heterogeneity does not mean that we are not intimately interconnected with each other. So what happens in one area of ​​the country could ultimately have an effect in other areas of the country. “

“If we do not extinguish the outbreak, sooner or later, even those who are doing well will be vulnerable to spread,” he said.

Fauci’s comments contrasted with those of Vice President Pence and other officials who tried to allay concerns about the recent spikes and chose to emphasize the progress the United States has made in facing the pandemic, which has killed more than 120,000 Americans.

Daily coronavirus cases topped 40,000 for the first time on Friday, after stabilizing as a result of restrictions in place to curb the spread of the disease. States across the country have moved forward with plans to loosen coronavirus restrictions so businesses can reopen and ease the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the U.S. economy.

Fauci and other top health officials have recommended that Americans cover their faces, avoid large gatherings, and stay away from people when they are in public.

On Friday, Fauci suggested that some of the spikes could be attributed to states opening “a little too soon” or failing to follow the steps recommended by the federal government in an orderly fashion.