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Fauci Warns Against 'False Complacency' on COVID-19

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 July 2020 02:26 PM

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Americans should not fall into a “false complacency” because coronavirus-related deaths have dropped.

The country’s top infectious disease expert issued the warning Tuesday during a live-streamed press conference hosted by Alabama Sen. Doug Jones.

“It’s a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death,” Fauci said. “There's so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus, don't get yourself into a false complacency.”

While the death rate has dropped, new virus cases have surged in several states including Arizona, Texas, Florida and California.

“The death rate is lower, I admit that. Because people in general, who are young or healthier. But that doesn't mean that you could not get seriously ill," he said. “We are now getting multiple examples of young people who are getting sick, getting hospitalized and some of them even requiring intensive care."

He said it is more likely for the elderly and people with underlying health conditions like diabetes and obesity to face serious health issues if they contract COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean young, healthy people can’t wind up in the hospital if they get sick.

Fauci called the new cases a “resurgence” stating that a few weeks ago, the U.S. was averaging about 20,000 new cases a day, but recently hit 57,000 in just one day.

“We're facing a serious problem,” he said.

He said the uptick in cases could be due to states reopening too quickly. 

“We have a situation right now that we've got to proceed to continue to try and open but in a safe, measured very prudent manner,” he said.

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