Speaking with CNN over the weekend, Dr. Fauci-director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-first spoke on the current problem with bafflingly bold community spread.
Fauci further warned against states skipping steps on reopening.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation's leading experts on infectious diseases, warned Sunday that it's "unlikely" the US will achieve herd immunity to the coronavirus if a portion of the population refuses to get a coronavirus vaccine.
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. "I made that point very clearly last week at a press conference". 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. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around.
"We're going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases", Fauci said.
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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. States like Florida and Texas, which were among the last states to shutdown and the first states to reopen, risk progress made by states like NY and New Jersey, he said.
"That's why I've suggested that the president occasionally wear a mask", Mr Alexander said.
Though he didn't name names, some in the Republican contingent, President Donald Trump among them, have been downplaying the severity of the pandemic and accusing those businesses and political leaders who enforce precautions like mask-wearing to be infringing on their freedoms. "We really have got to stop that", Fauci said.
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"I mean, for the Fourth of July, we could all show our patriotism with a red, white and blue mask, going out there and showing some strength", he said in an appearance on "Fox & Friends".