Fauci warns of ‘suffering and death’ if US reopens too soon

Senate testimony on coronavirus pandemic comes as President Donald Trump praises states that are reopening.


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May 12, 2020 - 8:48 AM

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Photo by USA TODAY

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is warning Congress that if the country reopens too soon during the  coronavirus pandemic, it will result in “needless suffering and death.”

Fauci is among the health experts testifying today to a Senate panel. His testimony comes as President Donald Trump is praising states that are reopening after the prolonged lock-down aimed at controlling the virus’ spread. 

Fauci, a member of the coronavirus task force charged with shaping the response to COVID-19, which has killed tens of thousands of people in the U.S., is testifying via video conference after self-quarantining as a White House staffer tested positive for the virus.

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