In a Tuesday hearing with the Senate Help Committee on the state of the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he is “very concerned” about rise in coronavirus cases across the U.S. as the nation sees 40,000 new cases per day.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. “We’re going in the wrong direction.” Fauci said he would “not be surprised” if new cases rise from current levels to 100,000 per day if the country fails to contain the disease’s spread.
He pointed to large gatherings of people without masks as particular points of concern in his Congressional testimony, saying that congregating at indoor bars is “bad news.”
NEW: Dr. Fauci says he “would not be surprised” if the US has 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day “if this does not turn around.”
“It could get very bad,” he adds. pic.twitter.com/R2tDY59QaI
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 30, 2020
Rand Paul wondering aloud why Dr. Fauci can’t give us more happy, sunshine-filled news about the coronavirus instead of having to be so damn life-saving sciencey all the time. pic.twitter.com/krij4bTdtD
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 30, 2020
Sen. Rand Paul accused Dr. Anthony Fauci and others of focusing too much on the risks at a Senate hearing on COVID-19.
Paul: “All I hear, Dr. Fauci, is, ‘We can’t do this, we can’t do that. We can’t play baseball.'”
Fauci: “The only thing I can do is … give you the facts.” pic.twitter.com/AfwwCWgwYz
— NPR (@NPR) June 30, 2020