Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said if you look at the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States, “they don’t lie.”
“You can't run away from the numbers. You can't run away from the numbers of people who’ve died, the number of people getting hospitalized, the surges we’re seeing,” Fauci said during a National Geographic panel on Thursday. "How long we're going to have to be doing this depends totally on us. If we keep running away from the reality of the need to do it, it could linger on and linger on."
Fauci said he hears a lot about herd immunity, but “a lot of people are going to die if you do that.”
“We can be part of the solution, as opposed to passively saying, just let it happen. I don't find that to be acceptable," he said. "We can do things without necessarily stopping all the things that are important. We can open the economy. We can get jobs back at the same time as still practicing good public health measures."