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US Fauci Says U.S. Risks 100,000 Daily Cases in Dire Virus Warning

02:50  01 july  2020
02:50  01 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Fauci tells House committee he's 'cautiously optimistic' about progress made on coronavirus vaccine

  Fauci tells House committee he's 'cautiously optimistic' about progress made on coronavirus vaccine Dr. Anthony Fauci is among those who are scheduled to testify before House lawmakers on Tuesday about the Trump administration's coroanvirus response.Fauci said there were a number of promising vaccines in development and that it's about "when and not if" they get positive results. He reiterated his hope that a vaccine could be made available by the end of 2020 or early 2021.

In the United States, daily cases are increasing after an extended decline. We’re seeing significant I would not be surprised if we go up to 100 , 000 a day if this does not turn around,” Dr. Fauci testified But beyond the spike in cases , they told lawmakers they had another pressing concern: Large swaths

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death and infection will rise dramatically. 'We are not in total control': Fauci issues stark coronavirus warning – video. Yesterday saw the state record more than 6, 000 cases attributed to the virus .

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” in its effort to contain the novel coronavirus and daily case counts could more than double if behaviors don’t change, infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci said Tuesday.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Anthony Fauci arrives to a Senate HELP Committee hearing on June 30. © Bloomberg Anthony Fauci arrives to a Senate HELP Committee hearing on June 30.

Pinpointing indoor gatherings, particularly bar scenes with lines out the door and patrons standing shoulder to shoulder, Fauci told a Senate panel that new cases of Covid-19 could rise to 100,000 a day, up from the current level of about 40,000.

Several southern and western states are seeing surging new case numbers, prompting some to put reopening plans on hold. Hospitalizations have increased in 12 states, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told members of the Senate health committee. Florida’s Miami-Dade County reported its highest numbers of hospitalizations, intensive-care patients and ventilator use in at least two months. In Houston, ICUs hit 97% of normal capacity on Tuesday.

Fauci says no guarantee U.S. will have effective COVID-19 vaccine, warns spread 'could get very bad'

  Fauci says no guarantee U.S. will have effective COVID-19 vaccine, warns spread 'could get very bad' The United States cannot count on the availability of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, the government's top infectious diseases expert said on Tuesday, and he warned that the daily surge in cases could more than double if Americans fail to take steps to get the virus under control. © Thomson Reuters Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases prepares to testify ahead of a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2020.

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death and infection will rise dramatically. 'We are not in total control': Fauci issues stark coronavirus warning – video. Yesterday saw the state record more than 6, 000 cases attributed to the virus .

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death and infection will rise dramatically. 'We are not in total control': Fauci issues stark coronavirus warning – video.

“The numbers speak for themselves. I’m very concerned. I’m not satisfied with what’s going on because we’re going in the wrong direction,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said. “Clearly we are not in total control right now.”

He declined to estimate the number of potential deaths from the virus but said, “It is going to be very disturbing, I guarantee you that.”

Tracking the Spread of the Coronavirus Outbreak in the U.S.

Texas reported a record in new cases on Tuesday and California its second-biggest daily jump. Both states took steps recently to rein in the new surge, with California requiring masks and Texas closing bars. On Monday, Arizona paused operations at bars, gyms and movie theaters. Florida, which had an average 5.6% rise in cases over the past week, banned the consumption of alcohol in bars on Friday. Meanwhile New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, hot spots earlier in the pandemic, added 16 states to their self-quarantine orders for visitors.

Overnight Healthcare: Fauci predicts 100,000 virus cases a day if US can't control outbreaks | Trump officials seek to reassure about safety of potential COVID-19 vaccine

  Overnight Healthcare: Fauci predicts 100,000 virus cases a day if US can't control outbreaks | Trump officials seek to reassure about safety of potential COVID-19 vaccine Welcome to Tuesday's Overnight Health Care. There are more than 2.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., including 127,000 deaths. Anthony Fauci issued a stark warning to members of Congress about the coming weeks and months if the U.S. does not alter the trajectory of the pandemic. And the FDA released its requirements for approving a COVID-19 vaccine, as officials sought to reassure the public about the agency'sThere are more than 2.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., including 127,000 deaths. Anthony Fauci issued a stark warning to members of Congress about the coming weeks and months if the U.S. does not alter the trajectory of the pandemic.

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death and infection will rise dramatically. 'We are not in total control': Fauci issues stark coronavirus warning – video.

I would not be surprised if we go up to 100 , 000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned," Fauci said . The number of new cases reported each day in the U . S . is now outpacing that of April, when the virus rocked Washington state and parts of the Northeast, especially the New

‘Please, Please, Please’

Vice President Mike Pence sought to strike a more positive tone later Tuesday in comments after meeting with the coronavirus task force in Rockville, Maryland. The U.S. is “in a much better place” than several months ago.

“To every American, we want to assure you that we’re ready,” he added. “More ready than ever before.”

In the strongest push yet by the Trump administration in favor of using face coverings to contain the virus, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, speaking at the same briefing, said, “Please, please, please wear a face covering” when going out.

“It is not an inconvenience. It is not a suppression of your freedom,” Adams said. “It adds to your convenience and your freedom because it allows us to open up more places and allows them to stay open.”

While Pence also encouraged using masks, he didn’t make as full-throated an endorsement as Adams. He urged people to cover their faces according to recommendations from their local authorities and when they can’t social distance.

The United States fears an explosion in the number of Covid-19 cases

 The United States fears an explosion in the number of Covid-19 cases © Al Drago / Pool via REUTERS Anthony Fauci during a Senate hearing on June 30, 2020 in Washington. The American health authorities fear up to 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day, while the number of deaths again exceeds 1,000 daily deaths. The situation is also worrying in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death and infection will rise dramatically. 'We are not in total control': Fauci issues stark coronavirus warning – video.

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death and 'We are not in total control': Fauci issues stark coronavirus warning – video. Sitting in New York, where the virus peaked in April, New Yorkers have been watching and fearing this would

Mask Politics

During the hearing earlier, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, chairman of the committee, said that wearing masks shouldn’t be a political statement. 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 a political debate that says: If you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask. If you’re against Trump, you do,” Alexander said.

The key is for the public to stop what Fauci called “an all-or-nothing phenomenon,” meaning either a state is locked down or people are in bars without masks on.

“I think we need to emphasize the responsibility we have as individuals and as part of a societal effort to end the epidemic and we all have to play a part in that.”

Pence said in his comments later that he agreed with Fauci. “We should not look at public safety measures as an impediment to opening up America but rather we should look at them as a vehicle to opening up,” he told reporters.

Texas lt. governor hits Fauci: 'He doesn't know what he's talking about'

  Texas lt. governor hits Fauci: 'He doesn't know what he's talking about' Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) on Tuesday lambasted Anthony Fauci over his assessment of the recent surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S., claiming that his state did not need advice from the nation's top infectious disease expert. "Fauci said that he's concerned about states like Texas that skipped over certain things. He doesn't know what he's talking about," Patrick said on Fox News after Fauci testified before a Senate committee about the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak. "We haven't skipped over anything.""The only thing I'm skipping over is listening to him," Patrick added. "He has been wrong every time, on every issue.

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death and infection will rise dramatically. 'We are not in total control': Fauci issues stark coronavirus warning – video.

Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’ s Prognosis team here. Click VRUS on the terminal for news and data on the coronavirus. Anthony Fauci , the country’ s top infectious disease expert, said he’ s “quite concerned” about the increase of Covid-19 cases in states including Florida

Redfield told the Senate panel that companies also need to insist on social distancing and masks. American Airlines Group Inc.’s announcement on Friday that it would resume selling flights to capacity on July 1 rather than capping passengers to keep them socially distanced caused “substantial disappointment” among public health officials, he said.

Back to School?

The U.S. has recorded more than 2.6 million Covid-19 cases in total, with more than 126,000 deaths from the virus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

As for returning students to school, Fauci said institutions may need to consider online classes or staggered schedules to safely bring students back. While children appear to respond less severely to Covid-19 than adults, it’s still unclear whether they could become vectors to spread the virus to teachers and family, something health agencies are studying and hope to have more data on, he said.

Speaking after the taskforce meeting, the surgeon general said that masks will be essential for any return to school.

“If you want the return of college football this year, wear a face covering,” Adams said. “If you want a chance at prom next spring, wear a face covering”

‘Aspirationally Hopeful’

Several drugmakers are racing to complete clinical trials of vaccine candidates, with some expecting to wrap up in months studies that under previous circumstances have tended to take years. The Food and Drug Administration laid out standards for approving an inoculation, saying any candidate would have to be at least 50% more effective than a placebo.

Fauci said that he’s “aspirationally hopeful” that a vaccine for Covid-19 will be ready in early 2021, though he cautioned that there’s no guarantee that a safe vaccine will be developed.

Some health experts have expressed worry that FDA will rush to approve a vaccine before enough is known about safety or efficacy but the agency sought to allay those fears with the guidance.

“The American people should know that we have not lost sight of our responsibility to maintain our regulatory independence and ensure that our decisions related to all medical products, including those related to Covid-19 vaccines, are based on sound science and the available data,” FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told the panel.

(Updates with comments from Pence starting in sixth paragraph.)

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