Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, criticized President Donald Trump's government for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic during a video chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious disease expert.
Zuckerberg spoke to Fauci in a live Facebook video on Thursday that some coronavirus outbreaks were "preventable" and criticized the government for "questioning" whether people should wear masks.
"Our government and this government have done this much less effectively," said Zuckerberg, comparing the recent surge in US cases to other countries where new cases have declined.
"You know, I was compassionate early on when it was clear that there would be some outbursts no matter how well we deal with them," said Zuckerberg.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg (left) criticized the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic during a video chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci (right)
“But now that we're here in July, I just think it was avoidable and it's really disappointing that we still don't have enough tests, that the credibility of top scientists like you and the CDC is being undermined, and that until before Recently, parts of the administration asked whether people should follow basic best practices like wearing masks, ”he continued.
Fauci replied that the recent surge in some parts of the country was "really quite worrying" and found that other regions like New York have made great strides in containing the outbreak.
In a number of states, including Florida, Arizona, Texas and California, new cases have emerged rapidly in recent weeks.
Texas set another daily coronavirus death record on Thursday, reporting 129 new deaths as July remains by far the deadliest month of the pandemic in the state.
In conversation with Zuckerberg, Fauci begged younger people to continue to distance themselves socially and take other measures to curb the spread of the virus.
"Please take social responsibility to be part of the solution, not part of the problem," he said.
“You have to be responsible for yourself, but also a social responsibility that you get infected is not only in a vacuum for you. You're spreading the pandemic, ”he said.
Social media platforms such as Facebook, which removed "pseudosciences" as an option for advertisers in April, have been criticized for allowing the spread of misinformation about the pandemic, from mock healings to far-reaching conspiracy theories.
New US cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, have risen from less than 20,000 daily in May to over 60,000 a day.
The average age of those infected has dropped by about 15 years as younger people, many of whom may have few symptoms of the disease, become infected, Fauci said.
Vice President Mike Pence warned last month that about half of the new cases in the United States are people under the age of 35, particularly in Florida and Texas.
Fauci warned that even asymptomatic people can spread the coronavirus to others, increasing the likelihood that the virus could infect a more vulnerable person.
He said some states had pushed ahead with the reopening even though they did not meet the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In other states, "citizens have … exercised caution," he said, and quoted photos that show people gathering in bars without a face covering.
"We need to regroup," said Fauci, noting that some regions of the country are much less at risk than others.
He urged people to wear face covers, avoid crowds, maintain social distance, and remember that it is always better to be outside than inside.
"We should view public health policies as a vehicle or gateway to restore the economy," he said.
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