Dr. Fauci Warns Of ‘Really Serious’ Consequences Is States Re-Open Too Soon

(ConservativePeak.Com)- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist and an integral member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, said the consequences of re-opening the country too soon could be “really serious.”
Fauci issued that warning Tuesday during a Senate HELP Committee hearing he was testifying at via videoconference. Fauci and a few other witnesses and members of the committee were not present at the hearing because of self-imposed quarantines. Fauci recently came in contact with one of President Donald Trump’s valets, who recently tested positive for COVID-19.
As Fauci told the committee, which was holding a hearing on how to re-open the nation safely:
“My concern is that we will start to see little spikes that then turn into outbreaks. The consequences could be really serious.”
Fauci’s main concern is states don’t have the capability to properly respond to new infections of coronavirus. States already struggled to contain the virus’ spread before, and re-opening without proper testing mechanisms as well as availability in health-care facilities could be disastrous.
States across the country are already making moves to re-open, even though almost all of them haven’t met the basic re-opening benchmarks that the White House set for doing so in April. As “normal” public life resumes, that means new outbreaks should be expected, Fauci said, which will prolong the right against coronavirus even more.
“There is no doubt that even under the best of circumstances, when you pull back on mitigation, you will see some cases appear,” Fauci said.
To date, the death toll in America is more than 80,000. Most health experts, including Fauci, believe the death toll is even higher than is being recorded and reported.
People shouldn’t count on a coronavirus vaccine or even a solid treatment being right around the corner, either. For now, the best public safety measure that can be taken is being able to regularly administer tests to many Americans. But that testing capacity just isn’t here yet.
Fauci also said the thought of schools resuming in the fall may be hopeful, at best.
“The idea of having treatments available or a vaccine to facilitate the re-entry of students into the fall term would be something that would be a bit of a bridge too far,” Fauci said.
Later Tuesday, the nation’s largest four-year college system, California State University, announced it will cancel almost all in-person classes for the fall term. Instruction will primarily occur online at the 23-campus system. As Chancellor Timothy White told a meeting of the system’s Board of Trustees:
“Our university, when open without restrictions and fully in person … is a place where over 500,000 people come together in close and vibrant proximity. That approach sadly just isn’t in the cards now.”
The University of California, which is a separate university system, said it was exploring a “mixed approach with some instruction delivered in classroom and lab settings, while other classes will be primarily online.” No official decision from UC has been announced just yet.
But these moves by two huge university systems, and the warnings from the nation’s top infectious disease expert, could end up influencing life around the country for the foreseeable future.