US disease expert Anthony Fauci blames Trump for surge in Covid-19 cases
Top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, has blamed the surge in the US coronavirus cases on the failure of the country’s president to shut down as and when due.
While disclosing this on Monday July 13, 2020, Fauci stated that the US should avoid the rush to reopen too soon.
Urging a total adherence to guidelines to snuff out the disease, the disease expert stressed that basic protections are essential.
He said physical distancing, wearing of masks, avoidance of crowds and washing hands are necessary preventive measures.
“Those things, as simple as they are, can turn it around. I think we can do that and that’s what we’ve got to do,” he said.
Fauci advised all states to comply with specific guidelines issued by White House coronavirus health experts laying out distinct phases for easing restrictions.
“We did not shut down entirely and that’s the reason why when we went up,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said.
“We started to come down and then we plateaued at a level that was really quite high - about 20,000 infections a day.
"Then as we started to reopen, we’re seeing the surges that we’re seeing today as we speak in California, your own state, in Arizona, in Texas, in Florida and several other states," he added.
He lamented that many U.S. states began reopening their economies without meeting the criteria in the guidelines.
“Unfortunately, it did not work very well for us,” Fauci said, citing well publicized incidents of people crowding into bars or not wearing masks at close quarters.
Fauci expressed optimism that the United States would tackle the virus if all the guidelines issued by experts are obeyed.