Dr. Fauci COVID Senate testimony: 4 sobering takeaways

Grant Boone
July 1, 2020

More than 100 coronavirus cases were linked to a popular college town bar that reopened in Michigan, McClatchy News reported.

The hearing took place as Republican governors of newly hard hit states, including Texas and Florida, have been rescinding reopening plans in the face of surging cases of he virus that has killed at least 124,000 people in the US since February.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans more guidelines for local school systems, Director Robert Redfield said.

"The numbers speak for themselves".

In a Senate committee hearing, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the country is "going in the wrong direction" as the number of COVID-19 cases increases across the nation.

Graffiti depicting US President Trump, right, and China's President Xi Jinping kissing each other with face masks, displayed at a wall in Berlin, Germany.

"I feel very strongly we need to do whatever we can to get the children back to school", Fauci said.

Those four states are Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas. Florida, which had an average 5.6 percent rise in cases over the past week, banned the consumption of alcohol in bars on Friday.

As cases in many states continue to climb, infection rates in the Northeast have been declining, including in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey and NY. The U.S.is "in a much better place" than several months ago.

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"To every American, we want to assure you that we're ready", he added.

"We can't take for granted this process will be free of political influence", Murray said. "It is not a suppression of your freedom", Adams said.

"Monoclonal antibodies are synthetic antibodies that the theory is will provide protection against the infection of the virus, and we're hopeful that those studies by the late summer, early fall will provide us information about their effectiveness and safety", Hahn explained. He spoke about needing to self-quarantine after a member of his staff was diagnosed with the virus and said the Senate physician credited the staffer's mask with protecting Alexander from infection.

"Unfortunately, this simple lifesaving practice has become part of the political debate that says this: If you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask".

Dr. Fauci, I'm asking you to be very direct with all of us on this.

Pence said in his comments later that he agreed with Fauci.

Fauci and other health experts were on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to offer their thoughts on reopening schools in the fall and other businesses that have not yet opened.

ELIZABETH WARREN: Can you make any kind of estimate on what we're looking at overall on the number of deaths before this is over? For now, the committee's leading Republican stressed wearing a mask - and said Trump, who notoriously shuns them, needs to start because politics is getting in the way of protecting the American people.

Since the coronavirus pandemic reached the country, over 2.6 million cases have been documented, with more than 126,360 recorded deaths from the disease as of Tuesday afternoon.

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