Fauci warned Congress against COVID-19



The administration's top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, told a House panel on Tuesday that rising cases in the United States are "embarrassed" by COVID-19 because newer codes in the United States have newer monoviruses.

Coronavirus is growing in more than half the countries and states like Florida, Texas, and Arizona are creating new case records almost every day.

Fauci warned that states are moving ahead with reopening of business and lifting sanctions and that the situation is likely to get worse without the ability to fully identify, isolate and track contacts of infected people.

Governors in states that have been very aggressive in reopening have recently noted the serious nature of the growing virus cases, but they have not suggested any sanctions, or insisted upon reopening.

Fauci said the time has come to address the spikes in the cases.

“Right now, the next few weeks are important in our ability to address the surgeries we are seeing in Florida, Texas, Arizona and other states,” Fauci told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday.

It is a rare occasion for House Democrats to grill administration officials about their response to the coroner pandemic. This is the first time that members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force have been attending congress in a month. The White House also concluded public meetings with group officials.

Congressional efforts to contradict the White House policy of not allowing senior officers to testify without permission of Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

The testimony of Fauci and other top administration health officials contradicts rhetorical and sometimes dismissive statements from President Trump, Vice President Pence and other administration officials.

Experts fear that Trump may dismiss rising cases and that his resistance to wearing a face mask is no longer a threat, and that the country is in danger of overcoming the crisis.

The Trump task force's work has been significantly curtailed, and most have encouraged states to reopen as soon as possible, even if they do not comply with the administration's own guidelines.

Trump told Sean Hannity in an interview with Fox News last week that the virus would "fade" even without the vaccine.

Both Fossey and Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rejected the idea, saying the virus would continue well into the fall and winter.

Redfield warned that the outbreak would overlap with the flu season during the fall, which would "put a tremendous burden on the health system."

The inability to spread coronavirus in the US is also international. When the European Union reopened its borders, the region was reportedly considering a ban on all American travelers, due to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in the United States.

It is widespread in Europe and countries such as Italy and Spain, formerly the center of the virus, have supported permanent lockdowns that are more stringent than anywhere else in the United States.

Fauci says the American response is a "mixed bag."

The United States now has about 30,000 new cases a day. The number of new cases dropped to around 20,000 last weekend and has been there for weeks.

"In some ways, we've done very well," said Fauci, notably New York, which praised the policy of having the worst outbreak of the virus so far.

"However, in other parts of the country, we are now seeing the unsettling surge of infection. It appears to be a combination, but one of them is the growth of society. And I am really worried about it."

Officials attributed the rise in the number of test cases, specifically to the increase in young people who tested positive. Deaths, which Trump and others have described as a sign of success, have also been on the decline in recent years.

The virus, called COVID-19, killed 120,000 Americans.

"The only cases are because of our large number of trials. The death rate is down !!!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

However, Fauci denied this in real-time and said it was too early to draw conclusions about the death toll.

"Deaths in cases are always far behind," Fauci said. "You are seeing more cases now, deaths are decreasing. If those cases are infected with the sick and going to the hospital, you may be able to die. It could be seen to increase."

Fauci said that, to his knowledge, Trump has not asked administration officials to slow down the investigation, as Trump indicated at Saturday's campaign rally.

The White House has sent out contradictory messages in recent days on the investigation and Trump's remarks, stressing that more tests will make the country worse without detecting more coronavirus cases when the president says more on Monday.

"When I wasn't a kid," Trump was asked if he made that comment Tuesday.

Fauci said Trump's comments do not reflect the administration's actual actions.

"It's the opposite," Fouci said. "We're going to do more testing, not less."

Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), The top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also tried to confirm that Trump did not actually order a recession at the hearing.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hine, who is spearheading the trial efforts, and Brett Girir, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, said it was easy for Trump to order the test to slow down.

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