WORLD Fauci says current state 'really not good' as COVID-19 cases surge in US


Fauci says current state 'really not good' as COVID-19 cases surge in US


07:48, July 07, 2020


Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,June 30, 2020. (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government's top infectious-diseases expert, warned on Monday "the current state is really not good."

"We had been in a situation [where] we were averaging about 20,000 new cases a day," said Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

In a livestream with Director the U.S. National Institutes of Health Francis Collins, Fauci said a series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up, in the sense of getting back to some form of normality, has led to a situation where the country now has record-breaking cases.

He said the average age of people getting infected now is 15 years younger than it was a few months ago, but young people must understand they are not "in a vacuum."

"Innocently, they could infect someone who'd infect someone, and then all of a sudden someone's grandmother or grandfather, or aunt who's getting chemotherapy for breast cancer gets infected," Fauci said.

"You're part of the propagation of the pandemic so it's your responsibility to yourself, as well as to society, to avoid infection," Fauci said.

More than 2.9 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States with the fatalities surpassing 130,100 as of Monday evening, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue