Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned Monday that the state of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States is “really not good” and that action is needed to stop the resurgence.
New cases per day in the U.S. have now climbed to about 50,000, which Fauci, speaking in an online chat hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), linked to some states and cities reopening their economies too aggressively.
“A series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up in the sense of getting back to some form of normality has led to a situation where we now have record-breaking cases,” Fauci said in the chat with NIH Director Francis Collins.
Fauci said part of the problem is the U.S. never got the virus down to a low level before the most recent surge.
“We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this,” he said.
“It was a surge or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline, Francis, that really never got down to where we wanted to go,” he said.