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Anthony Fauci: “We don't have total control right now”

(Washington) Senior US health officials on Tuesday called on Americans, especially young people, to cover their faces and avoid crowds in order to stem the COVID pandemic – 19 became out of control in part of the United States.

Ivan Couronne

France Media Agency

Four doctors at the head of the big American health organizations testified Tuesday to senators amazed to see the curve of the cases start again in more than half of the United States, while Europe succeeded in taking control of the virus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the Institute of Infectious Diseases, delivered a grim prediction: of 40 00 0 new cases detected per day currently, the pandemic could jump to 100 00 0.

“It is obvious that we do not have total control at present,” insisted the doctor, a member of the presidential crisis cell on the coronavirus, and whose speech is the most free.

“I wouldn't be surprised if we reached 100 00 0 per day if we do not reverse the trend “, a he added. In the worst of spring, the meter was around 30 00 0 cases per day. The greater availability of screening tests alone does not explain the current increase.

Doctor Fauci deplored the “all or nothing” practiced by a number of Americans: either completely confined, or “in bars, without masks, without avoiding crowds, without practicing physical distancing”.

“We all have a role to play,” he insisted, denouncing the young people who feel “invulnerable”. “An infected person may not have symptoms, but they can infect someone else,” he says, like a grandmother or a child with leukemia.

The director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Robert Redfield, launched an appeal to the “millennials” (born after 924) and generation Z, the next. “I ask those who are listening to get the message out,” he said.

29 of 55 American states and territories are now seeing the curve of new cases rise, according to him. Hospitalizations due to coronavirus are increasing in 12 States.

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Director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Robert Redfield.

Back to School

The mask is non-negotiable, they repeated. “Unfortunately, this simple, life-saving practice finds itself in a political debate that if you support Trump, you don't wear a mask, but if you're against Trump, you put one on,” said Senator Lamar Alexander. , a Republican.

“This is why I proposed that the president wear a mask from time to time, even if it is not necessary for him most of the time. The president has many admirers, they would follow his example, “he said.

Joe Biden, Democrat candidate for the November presidential election, broke down on Donald Trump's handling of the crisis in a speech on Tuesday.

The Americans “did not make all these sacrifices so that you ignore science and take responsible measures like the wearing of the mask of political declarations”, he declared.

More and more cities and states have declared a pause in their reopening processes, some closing bars and cinemas, others the beaches, while wearing a mask in closed public spaces has become compulsory in multiple locations.

Not wearing a mask in Miami Beach, including on the street, now costs 50 dollars to offenders.

All of the July 4, National Day fireworks have been canceled in South Florida.

The question of back to school, usually in August in the United States, also arises. Arizona, which has a very active center of contagions, shifted it from the beginning of August to 17 August.

But the experience of distance education in recent months is universally perceived as negative for children, in particular the most disadvantaged, with clear risks of dropping out.

“I firmly believe that we must do our best to get our children back to school,” said Anthony Fauci, warning that it will depend on the local epidemic situation.

The American Academy of Pediatrics took action last week to prioritize “the goal of getting students back to school physically.”

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