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Doctor: Community Spread Could Lead to More Virus Cases

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top official at the National Institute of Health, told CNN on Monday that “community spread,” an infection without an identifiable source of exposure, could lead to “a lot more” cases of the coronavirus in the United States.

"My concern is, as the next week or two or three go by, we're gonna see a lot more community-related cases, and that's of great concern," Fauci, a member of the coronavirus task force, said on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday.

"Unfortunately, this is something we expected. Whenever you have a respiratory disease that's easily transmissible, you're gonna get community spread and it's gonna become difficult to pinpoint the source of each and every infection," He added. "And that's exactly what we're seeing in Washington state and now in several other states throughout the country. It's gonna make our job much more challenging."

Fauci also addressed the confirmed case of coronavirus recently identified in New York in “a woman in her late thirties” who “contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"So, what the state and local authorities will be doing, is making a contact tracing on people, that she clearly came into contact with, for any reasonable period of time. That's what contact tracing's all about," Fauci said. "But, when you have a lot of people, who are in the situation of community spread, it becomes, logistically, much more difficult to do that."

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top official at the National Institute of Health, told CNN on Monday that “community spread,” an infection without an identifiable source of exposure, could lead to “a lot more” cases of the coronavirus in the United States.
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