Why Fauci says he’s 'disturbed and concerned' over new COVID-19 cases

Tarrah Gibbons
October 06, 2020 - 2:18 pm
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been continuously giving educated and reliable advice on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now the doctor has told CNN that he is “disturbed and concerned” by the number of new coronavirus cases being diagnosed throughout the United States.

“I am certainly not pleased (or) satisfied, but I’m actually disturbed and concerned about the fact that our baseline of infections is still stuck at around 40,000 per day,” Fauci said. “That’s no place to be when you’re trying to get your arms around an epidemic and get it to a very low baseline.”

As the colder weather slowly trickles in, the disease expert shared his concerns for people likely hanging out together indoors rather than outdoors. Fauci urged Americans to remember that this presents a heightened risk of viral transmission.

According to data surrounding the spread of COVID-19 created by Johns Hopkins University, more than 7.4 million people in the country have been infected by the coronavirus, and more than 209,000 have died.

Fauci also revealed information that he was not involved in treating President Donald Trump. Last week the president tweeted that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for COVID-19. He was then transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was discharged on October 5.

“I have not been involved,” Fauci added. "But again, I don’t want to get into talking about the president’s case, because that’s not something that I’ve really been cleared to talk about. But personally, I have not been involved in the direct care of the president.”

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