As coronavirus cases surge across the US, the country needs to “double down” on public health measures, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday.
Covid-19 cases in the US are nearing a daily record and the death toll is closing in on 224,000.
“That's the reason why I say we really need to double down on the kind of public health measures that we've been talking about so long,” Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told CNN.
Fauci said that doesn’t mean shutting down the country.
“Whenever I talk about amplifying and just stressing the public health measures, people think that that means we're going to shut down,” he said. “It doesn't mean that. It means there are some fundamental things that you can do.”
Fauci stressed the public health basics: wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding crowds and frequent hand washing.
“They sound very simple, but we're not uniformly doing that and that's one of the reasons why we're seeing these surges,” he added. “We can control them without shutting down the country.”
People need to avoid gathering in crowds, especially indoors, he said.
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