Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, has a warning for states dropping coronavirus restrictions as the number of cases continues to decline.
“This is certainly misguided from a public health perspective,” Fauci told CNN’s Erin Burnett, adding that the past drop in COVID-19 cases has also prompted states to act too quickly to reopen. .
And we know what happened next.
“We had some rebounds which were really awkward,” Fauci said. “What we don’t need right now is a new wave.”
This week, the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi announced plans to ease or even eliminate restrictions on coronaviruses. On Wednesday, Burnett released a clip of Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) calling such restrictions “arbitrary.”
“They are not arbitrary,” he said. “They are based on scientific evidence and data. We know that these interventions work, it’s very clear: when you implement them, you see the cases decrease. When you retire, the crates go up. ”
Fauci added that with increased vaccinations, the United States finally has a chance to bring the pandemic under control.
“Now is not the time to back down,” he said. “The time has come to really crush this by taking both public health measures and speeding up vaccinations like we are doing.”
See more of his comments above.
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