Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told lawmakers Tuesday he was concerned that states were reopening too quickly, leading to more outbreaks of COVID-19.

Testifying before a Senate panel on the government’s coronavirus response, Fauci said states reopening retail stores and easing social distancing guidelines weren’t following the recommendations of public health officials.

“What we have worked out is a guideline framework of how we safely open America again and there are several checkpoints in that,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases.

“My concern is that some areas, cities, states, what have you, jump over those various checkpoints and prematurely open up without having the capability of being able to respond effectively and efficiently.”

“My concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks,” he said.

“The consequences could be really serious,” he added. “There is no doubt that even under best of circumstances, when you pull back on mitigation, you will see some cases appear.”

More than 30 US states have begun easing social distancing restrictions and allowing businesses to reopen at a reduced capacity as President Trump pushes for America to return to work.

States such as Georgia that were the first to reopen have unsuccessfully flattened the rate of new coronavirus cases.

The virus has so far killed 80,000 people in the US and infected 1.38 million.

In one tense exchange, GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky accused Fauci of acting like “the end-all” and said he feared children from underprivileged backgrounds could be kept out of school for an entire year under Fauci’s recommendations.

“I think we all have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what’s best for the economy, and as much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all,” Rand said.

“I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision. We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side who are saying there’s not going to be a surge, that we can safely open the economy,” he continued.

In response, Fauci suggested Paul — who has himself recovered after contracting COVID-19 — was being “cavalier” in thinking children were immune after it emerged this week that several had died from a coronavirus-related disease.

“I have never made myself out to be the end-all and only a voice in this. I’m a scientist, a physician and a public health official, I give advice, according to the best scientific evidence,” Fauci said.

“I don’t give advice about economic things. I don’t give advice about anything other than public health,” he continued.

“I think we’ve got to be careful if we are not cavalier in thinking that children are completely immune to the deleterious effects,” he said.

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10 thoughts on “Dr. Anthony Fauci tells Senate he fears states are reopening too quickly”
  1. Fauci and the Senate have the same goal. To weaken the US economy causing massive disruption & hardship which they hope will usher in a full blown socialist, dependent state.

  2. You have said, repeatedly, that this virus is like no other we have ever had. That we don’t know what to expect. Well, then, why not take the high road? There is a 50-50-50 chance that it is NOT as bad as you have said, right?

    Leave the openings up to the people involved. You don’t know all of the situations that each state has.

    Quit trying to take down America! We all know that you are part of the Wuhan situation.

  3. Fauci is a deep state POS Hillery Clinton lover.Everything he has predicted has been wrong! I believe he is working with the deep state damage Trump. I would like to see an investigation into his finances to see if he is on the Communist Chinese payroll.

  4. This Dr is only a limb of China why not send him home. We in America do not need an idiot in that position.

  5. If Dr. Fauci were my personal doctor, my primary care doctor, I would have fired him shortly after all this started. Not keeping exact track, but close enough to say I’m pretty sure I’d be correct in saying he’s been wrong more than he’s been correct and his chief purpose is to cost Trump the 2020 election. I hope he fails on that also.

  6. In this day and age, there are enough “conspiracy” theories going around and if you have a penchant for believing those theories, you’re in hog heaven. However, there are some that we should perhaps pay a little more attention to than not. One is–the trustworthiness of what Dr. Fauci says in regard to reopening the country to normal activity and commerce. He claims that if we reopen to early and too fast, there will be “little spikes or another outbreak of the coronavirus”. Considering the fact that much of what he has said in the past regarding this virus has proven to be wrong due to the faulty models on which he based his predictions, and due to another fact that he has been enamored with Hillary and her progressive socialist Democrats almost to the point of salivating whenever her name is mentioned, and that when he, as a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, is not garnering attention at various/numerous photo ops, he supports the progressive agenda and would do anything to further its implementation, why should we ever trust him to actually put the good of the country above what his party desires? Does he have an ulterior motive in suggesting we stay in lock-down until further notice? In my opinion, yes, he does. He wants us locked down until after the November election in an effort to push for mandated “mail-in ballots” for every state because he, like every other progressive socialist Democrat, feels that’s their best chance of stealing the election by “harvesting” the ballots. They’ve tried this stealth method before and have been successful, so why not push to make it nationwide? If you think I’m lost in left field, just remember how many times in the past several decades that the Democrats have been able to win an election by suddenly finding thousands of ballots in the trunks of cars and other strange places. If you think back, you’ll recall that was how Al Franken was elected to the Senate in Minnesota several years ago and he’s just one example.

  7. Seeing Fauci as a Deep State Sleeper. He is not helping . We the unessential will not go into the shower. Thanks anyway Mein Herr.

  8. Has this fool been right about anything!
    He continues to TRY to get something right, to save face, but has failed our country miserably!

    Put him in the pile of crap along with the rest of the racist democrats!!!

  9. Fraud Fauci lacks any credibility at all.
    Why Trump listened to him in the first place was wrong.
    Trouble is Trump continues to listen instead of: “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.”

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