Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday called for a cautious approach to reopening the US and implored Americans to wear face masks in public, comments that are at odds with President Donald Trump’s push to have America quickly return to normalcy.
“I want to protect myself and protect others, and also because I want to make it be a symbol for people to see that that’s the kind of thing you should be doing,” Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “Newsroom.”
Fauci said he believes that while wearing a mask is not “100% effective,” it is a valuable safeguard and shows “respect for another person.”
Fauci told CNN Wednesday that the scientific data “is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy” of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. The comments came in response to news that France on Wednesday banned the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the virus
Fauci stopped short of saying the U.S. should follow France’s lead, but told CNN it has become “more clear” that using hydroxychloroquine could lead to “adverse” cardiovascular effects.
“Clearly, the scientific data is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy for it and even the possibility that there could be — not could be, but the likelihood that under certain circumstances, might be rare, but you would see it, adverse events.’
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he’s “not so sure [hydroxychloroquine] should be banned” as a treatment for coronavirus, “but clearly the scientific data is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy.” https://t.co/LzfX7XM9P9 pic.twitter.com/1thkE0GsN1
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