Fauci: Covid-19 has to be ‘really, really bad’ for US lockdown

Fauci: Covid-19 has to be 'really, really bad' for US lockdown
"The country is fatigued with restrictions," Fauci said. Source: CBS
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Daily US Times: Top US infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci says that things in the US would have to get “really, really bad” for him to advocate for a national lockdown, despite the country is seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths,

The United States is averaging more than 55,000 new Covid-19 cases a day — up more than 60% since a middle of September dip — and experts say the US is in the midst of the dreaded fall surge. On Friday, the country reported the most infections in a single day since July. More than 8.1 million cases of the virus had been reported in the US as of Saturday and 219,666 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

With all the current and previous measures to offset the spread of the virus, “the country is fatigued with restrictions,” said Fauci, during an interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday night.

During the interview, he told CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook: “We want to use public health measures not to get in the way of opening the economy, but to being a safe gateway to opening the economy.”

It’s not safe yet to say the country is “on the road to essentially getting out of this,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added.

The coronavirus situation is really bad as there is nearly no place in the US where coronavirus case counts are trending in the right direction as the country heads into what health experts say will be the most challenging months of the pandemic.

According to Johns Hopkins data, only Vermont and Missouri recorded a more than 10% improvement in the average number of reported cases over the past week. Cases in Florida and Connecticut, on the other hand, increased by 50% or more.

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