Friday’s leading authority on infectious disease in the country encouraged governors and mayors to “be as strong as possible” to encourage residents to wear face coverings. For more people going out, social distancing, a significant element in blunting coronavirus transmission, may be challenging, Dr. Anthony Fauci has said.
“If you’re living your life. And trying to open up the world. You ‘re going to get in contact with people. And that’s why we know masks are really necessary. So we can use them everywhere,” he said during a virtual event for the US Chamber of Commerce.
Americans are also potentially slowing down the country’s reopening by not wearing a mask, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Fauci said.
He said he values the “in our country’s sense of democracy,” but says it’s special.
Fauci urges awareness
Citizens need to realize that we find ourselves in a very difficult position that needs societies to come together, he added.
“So we could get more people to realize that. Then we’re going to see more people who can wear masks.”
He said he should “urge leaders of states and cities and towns. Also municipal government and other officials. To be as effective as possible in bringing the people to wear masks.”
The nation must also reflect on the things at hand, and not think about a second surge, he added.
“If you have up to 70,000 new diseases. This is what you need to concentrate on right now. As opposed to worrying about what will happen in September or October”. He said.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there were 77,255 new cases reported Thursday, topping an earlier high set two days ago. The situation report of the World Health Organization on Friday also said there has been a record 237,743 new cases of Covid-19 reported to the agency in the past 24 hours.