'RECIPE FOR DISASTER': Americans ignoring coronavirus advice, health official says

Henrietta Brewer
June 30, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, told members of Congress Tuesday that although he can't predict the ultimate number of infections and deaths related to the coronavirus, "it's going to be very disturbing".

The U.S.is "going in the wrong direction" with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk - just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen.

"Masks are extremely important", Fauci said, adding: "There is no question that wearing masks protects and protects you". The United States is leading the world in both officially confirmed infections and fatalities as it continues to see surges in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in many states.

Many US states have paused reopenings as their infection caseloads balloon.

'We are all in this together, ' he said, adding, 'We recommend masks for everyone on the outside, anyone who comes into contact in a crowded area.

Drs. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Stephen Hahn, Food and Drug Administration commissioner, and Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, also testified.

More than 126,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and millions have lost their jobs as businesses and schools shut to contain the virus' spread. "Get community people to help us for people to understand that we are doing everything we can to show that it's safe and that it's effective and it's for the good of them as individuals and as a society to take the vaccine". "Clearly we are not in total control right now". Florida and Texas took steps to rein in bars on Friday, with Florida banning consumption of alcohol in bars and Texas closing them altogether.

Redfield singled out younger Americans in particular to convey a message that they are not exempt from the need to wear a mask.

"We should not look at the public health endeavors as being an obstruction to opening up".

In an interview that aired Sunday as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, Fauci said he would "settle" for a coronavirus vaccine that is between 70% and 75% effective, "because that would bring you to that level that would be herd immunity level". "So I think we are in locked agreement with that".

Last week, American Airlines said it plans to begin selling every seat on flights, something it has not done since the pandemic struck this spring.

Dr Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned that the USA is not responding like other countries who have shown success in containing the coronavirus, and has allowed the virus to spread much more widely and rapidly. Republicans remain divided on the size and scale of the upcoming stimulus bill, and while it has been debated for months, the next phase of economic relief is still weeks away.

A CNN poll found that a third of Americans would not get the coronavirus vaccine when it was available, even for a low cost.

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