Americans can get coronavirus case levels back down to a manageable point by Election Day if they start wearing masks and following "fundamental tenets of infection control" but that effort must start "right now," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday morning.
"I believe in the data we see in the United States and other states and counties that have done it correctly, that if we pay attention to the fundamental tenants of infection control and diminution of transmission, we could be way down in November," Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN's "New Day." "It is entirely conceivable. It isn't inevitable that we need to be way up there as we get towards the election."
One of the states that has been doing things correctly is Arizona, Fauci said, which "started to really clamp down and do things right" after suffering a significant outbreak earlier this summer. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Arizona has gone from an average of 4,000 cases a day to now being below 2,000 cases a day.
And he points to hopeful signs that this works. Arizona, which had a significant outbreak this summer, has "started to really clamp down and do things right," he said.
Arizona went from averaging near 4,000 cases a day in early July to below 2,000 new cases a day now, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, at least 39 states and the District of Columbia have orders in place mandating the use of vaccines, but Fauci said he's concerned that the nation has not made a cohesive reaction to COVID-19.
"As a nation, we are in that situation where we've got to get that control way down to a low baseline," said Fauci.
"We didn't do things in a uniform way," said Fauci. "If you look at the visits to grocery stores, the visits to parks, the visits to wherever indicating that people are not as shut down as we think they are."
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