Some states have opened too quickly, allowing the coronavirus pandemic to come roaring back, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday.
“There are some governors and mayors that did it perfectly correctly,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Podcast-19, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly podcast on Covid-19. “They wanted to open up, so they went through the guidelines of opening up their state. But what happened is that many of the citizenry, said, ‘You know, well, I’m either going to be locked down or I’m going to let it all rip.’"
Fauci said that "some states skipped over those and just opened up too quickly."
The nation's leading infectious disease doctor said he thought in some respects, Florida and Arizona’s reopening plans have contributed to the uptick in cases in those states.
“Certainly Florida I know, you know, I think jumped over a couple of checkpoints,” Fauci said.