Dr. Anthony Fauci says states experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases should consider closing as he warned others to "pay attention to what happens when you exercise caution" and ignore health advice.
The country's leading infectious disease expert and head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force warned Americans after a record-breaking 62,000 new cases occurred in the US in a single day.
In a Wall Street Journal podcast on Wednesday, Fauci said the worrying peaks were due to local governments ignoring health policies to reopen the economy.
He refused to blame states like Florida and Texas, which rose after their rush to reopen, but said it was "approved from the inside."
"Some states went too quickly, (and) some states went by on schedule, but the people in the state weren't listening," he said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said states that have troubling peaks in coronavirus cases should be closed to curb the spread of infections
The country's leading infectious disease expert urged Americans to wear masks – which has now become a political problem – and to practice social distancing when states begin to reopen
“Any state with a serious problem should seriously consider shutting down. I can't say that because every country is different, ”he added.
He encouraged local governments to tighten things up by closing bars and restaurants in restaurants and ensuring that customers' seats are safely distributed.
"Make sure that people wear masks, that they don't gather in bulk, and that they keep their distance.
“If you do these simple public health measures, the curve is guaranteed to go down. It has happened in practically every country that has done this, ”he said.
In a sharp warning to states that appear to have overcome the worst of the pandemic, Fauci said the rise should serve as a warning sign of what will happen if they do not "re-open" in a "measured way".
He said southern states where outbreaks occur should focus on containing outbreaks, while other states must "pay attention to what happens when you open up and exercise caution because it can happen to you."
»Don't jump over the signpost, but over the checkpoints to open things up quickly. Do it in a measured manner, as described in the guidelines.
"If you do that, the chances of getting an increase are much, much less than if you just jump over things."
States in the United States have been forced to postpone their plans to reopen due to a worrying rise in coronavirus cases. Pictured: A closed sign on the front window of a bar in Ames, Iowa
"It's a complicated problem, you don't want to blame people. As soon as you start accusing people, you will get a message, "What are you going to do to correct this?" He said.
As of Thursday, the US had a total of 3.05 million confirmed cases.
More than 132,000 Americans have died since the nation's pandemic hit in March. 820 of these deaths were recorded yesterday.
The number of deaths across the country is declining, although the number of infections has risen to levels not seen during the pandemic.
California, once a model country for its response to the virus, has seen an increase in cases, hitting a record 11,694 on Wednesday – despite many arrears as yet unreported, according to Gov Gavin Newsom.
The state of Golden State also reported the highest number of fatalities in a day at 149.
Texas also set two of its own records. The highest number of deaths was recorded on Tuesday at around 112, and 15 percent of the tests were bak positive, most since the pandemic started.
Meanwhile, deaths have been reported in Tulsa, Oklahoma – and across the state – that officials believe are related to President Donald Trump's rally last month.
In California, once a model country for responding to the virus, cases have risen sharply, prompting Governor Gavin Newsome to issue revised home stay instructions
According to Fauci, the increase in cases is due to the fact that either states are reopened quickly or that residents simply do not adhere to health measures. Pictured: Beachgoers enjoy the sunshine in San Diego on July 4th
For the second year in a row, the United States has recorded a record number of coronavirus cases with more than 62,000 new infections in a single day (see above).
Health officials say the increase in deaths in California, Texas, and other states has been inevitable and is likely to increase national mortality rates.
The Harvard Global Health Institute says national averages are misleading because states like Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York – where the virus is suppressed – lower the total.
However, health experts say the deaths can range from two to seven weeks, and often the mortality rate is cases diagnosed about a month or a month or a month ago.
This is because symptoms can take at least a week after infection to appear and be diagnosed, another week before someone is hospitalized, and two to three weeks before a patient dies.
"The hospitalizations and deaths we see today are just a picture of where the virus was weeks ago," said the Harvard Global Health Institute.
& # 39; The rapid increase in cases in many states has been overshadowed because hospitalization and mortality rates have not increased at the same rate. As a result, a false narrative incorrectly picks up on COVID-19 losing its teeth. & # 39;
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