"Either be locked down or you see people in bars, not wearing masks, not avoiding crowds, not paying attention to physical distancing", Fauci described.
"We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned", Fauci said. I made that point very clearly last week at a press conference.
Coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a stark warning on Tuesday to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, telling them he wouldn't be surprised if the United States sees new cases of coronavirus rising to a level of 100,000 a day. "I don't think we will", Fauci said.
Fauci's comments came during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). AdvertisementFauci warned weeks earlier that the "consequences could be really serious" if states rushed their reopening initiatives without having the testing and contact tracing in place to isolate the virus.
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Fauci made the prediction in response to questioning from Warren about the direction the country has taken and how many total number of cases and deaths the country could see by the pandemic's end.
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.
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday pressed Americans to adopt face masks during a trip to Texas and wore one himself, a sharp turnaround for the administration.
'Masks are extremely important, ' Fauci said, adding, 'There's no doubt that wearing masks protects you and gets you to be protected. "We have an obligation to use all of our scientific knowledge, our regulatory framework to ensure that any vaccine that comes before us, whether for authorization or approval, meets our stringent standards for safety and effectiveness".
Biden will argue that earlier action by Trump would have reduced the number who fell ill and the economic impact of the virus.
"We've got to be able to get people to get out and enjoy themselves within the safe guidelines that we have", Fauci said.
"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".
"We have way too much virus across the country for that right now, so it's very discouraging". At least 124,000 people have died of covid-19 in the United States, and the global death count is hovering near 505,000.