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Fauci warns Congress that new US coronavirus cases could rise to 100,000 a day

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Coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a stark warning on Tuesday to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, telling them he wouldn’t be surprised if the US sees new cases of coronavirus rising to a level of 100,000 a day.

“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around and so I am very concerned,” Fauci told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during a hearing on the pandemic on Tuesday.

Fauci expressed dismay over people congregating in crowds and not wearing masks and inadequate attention being paid to guidelines on reopening.

“We’re going to continue to be in a lot of trouble, and there’s going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop,” he said.

The urgent message came during a hearing on the latest efforts by the US government to contain the pandemic, as several states struggle to contain the virus amid rising cases and state reopenings. The US reported more than 40,000 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, its biggest daily jump yet.

Asked if the pandemic is under control, Fauci said, “I am not satisfied with what’s going on because we are going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we’ve really got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly,” adding, “Clearly we are not in total control right now.”

Fauci said that he can’t make an accurate prediction of the number of cases and deaths the US will see before the pandemic is over, but said, “It’s going to be very disturbing, I will guarantee you that.”

Fauci, Redfield urge American public to wear masks

Fauci and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield stressed the importance of wearing masks during testimony before a Senate committee on Tuesday, with Fauci saying “we recommend masks for everyone” and “masks are extremely important.”

Redfield singled out younger Americans in particular to deliver a message that they are not exempt from the necessity of wearing a mask.

“It is critical that we all take the personal responsibility to slow the transmission of Covid-19 and embrace the universal use of face coverings,” he said. “Specifically, I’m addressing the younger members of our society, the Millennials and the Generation Zs — I ask those that are listening to spread the word.”

Fauci spoke of the across-the-board importance of wearing masks.

“We are all in this together,” he said, adding, “We recommend masks for everyone on the outside, anyone who comes into contact in a crowded area. You should avoid crowds where possible and when you’re outside and not have the capability of maintaining distance, you should wear a mask at all times.”

Fauci indicated that he would support an effort to increase the production of high-quality masks in the US and distribute them free of charge to the American public in response to a question from Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“Masks are extremely important,” Fauci said, adding, “There’s no doubt that wearing masks protects you and gets you to be protected. So it’s people protecting each other. Anything that furthers the use of masks, whether it’s giving out free masks or any other mechanism, I am thoroughly in favor of.”

More than half of all states are seeing a rise in cases, and Florida, Texas and Arizona are getting hit particularly hard. Texas has begun scaling back its reopening, and beaches in Florida have closed for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Experts testify on vaccine development as the FDA gets more involved

Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, said the FDA is taking action to help coronavirus vaccine developers get through the approval process faster.

“I am pleased to announce that today, FDA is taking action to aid the timely development of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent Covid-19 by providing guidance for developers, with recommendations on the data needed to facilitate manufacturing, clinical development, and approval,” he said.

Hahn said the FDA is committed to “help expedite this work,” but added, “We will not cut corners in our decision making.”

Hahn said the guidance will “provide regulatory clarity around what FDA expects with respect to those data. We want to see certain parts of those data so that we can demonstrate to the world, to the nation, to the American people, that we are following our rigorous standards with respect to safety and efficacy.”

“This is particularly as important as we know that some people are skeptical of vaccine development efforts,” he continued, adding that “public confidence in vaccines is so important.”

Separately, Redfield said there was “substantial disappointment with American Airlines” when the airline announced it would stop limiting seat sales on airlines.

“I can tell you that when they announced that the other day, obviously there was substantial disappointment with American Airlines,” Redfield said. “I can say this is under critical review right now by us at CDC. We don’t think it’s the right message.”

Last week, American Airlines said it plans to begin selling every seat on flights, something it has not done since the pandemic struck this spring.

The airline responded to criticism of the decision, saying in a statement Tuesday that it is committed to the “safety and well-being of (its) customers and team members.” The airline said that it has “multiple layers of protection” for passengers and that it provides flexibility to those who want to change flights.

Experts promise increased testing

Fauci and Redfield testified before lawmakers last week, when Fauci said “we’re going to be doing more testing, not less,” in response to President Donald Trump’s recent claim that he asked his administration to slow down testing during the pandemic.

Senators have been weighing another stimulus package in recent weeks as unemployment numbers remain worrisome and economic hardship stemming from the pandemic persists. Republicans remains divided on the size and scale of the next stimulus bill and while it has been discussed for months, the next phase of economic relief is still weeks away. But there is now broad agreement something has to be done — something that wasn’t always the case.

In Capitol Hill’s last round of aid, Congress boosted unemployment checks by $600 a week and added 13 weeks of pay, beyond what states offer. The additional money will expire on July 31 without congressional action, but the 13-week extension will remain in place until the end of the year. A second round of stimulus payments is on the negotiating table in Washington, but some of the 160 million Americans who got money the first time could be left out, according a more targeted approach the administration is pushing for.

Republicans have zeroed in on the last week of July to reach agreement on the next round of stimulus legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been adamant for weeks on that timeline and the administration is on board.

This story has been updated with additional developments Tuesday.

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32 Comments

  1. If everyone wears a mask in a public setting, we can keep those numbers down. C’mon people, don’t you want to prove the bad doctor man wrong?

  2. Let me explain something to all you sheeple! – We are increasing testing and many people are being tested who already had the virus months ago! It does not mean more people are dying or more people are in the ICU!

    1. Boy you are a clueless fool! The hospitals are filling up in many states and anyone with a brain knows the deaths will follow. They already are in AZ

    2. Within the past few days there are reports from several areas that ICUs are occupied at a higher rate recently, and the uptrend in ICU is concerning health officials. One of the benefits of testing is that it helps to calculate the rate at which ICUs could fill up to overcapacity so that can be an early indicator of a pending spike that could get out of hand.

      And besides, confirmed deaths are confirmed deaths, whether or not total testing is going up or down. That is what is odd about the argument of more testing = more cases. Well of course it does. But American deaths are American deaths and that alone should be an impactful standalone data point. 126,000 Americans have died of this thing (a new thing that is killing us on top of the usual causes that we can better control) and we can at least help to chip in by taking some common sense precautions to reduce more American deaths until we have a better handle on this thing.

  3. As of today 126,000 AMERICAN deaths from this virus. THIS virus. Not other causes – heart disease and car accidents aren’t contagious. If this were the 1940s and this many people were dying from anything, we as an American society would be in this together side-by-side doing whatever we could to fight it. We’d all consider ourselves first responders, chipping in, helping our fellow Americans, doing our part. Now in 2020 what do we do? Bicker. Divide. Complain. Come up with CRAZY theories based on nothing but a desire to wish it wasn’t happening. Well it’s happening. But we deflect our personal responsibility, our ability to personally contribute to making this less impactful to our friends, families, neighbors. If my mother, grandmother, or aunts make it through 2020 alive I’ll be surprised. And who do I have to thank for it? My fellow selfish Americans who are too caught up in being righteous to maybe just put a f’n mask on and take other simple common sense precautions. Do I like any of this? F NO! But you better believe I’m doing my part to get this BEHIND us so we can actually go on with our lives and be able to hug our families, play sports, sit in a pub all f’n day if we want. Stop being selfish! Stop it. Be a mature common sense adult. This isn’t an attack on our freedom it’s an attack on our health. YOU are making it an attack on our freedom by not doing your part to put this f’n thing behind us. I find it completely ironic that we hold in such high regard our fallen soldiers who fight against bulls**t religious terrorists overseas but we complain to no fn end when 126,000 Americans die AT HOME on American soil in just a few months, and we act like it’s an invasion to just put on a fn mask when buying groceries. Let’s just put down the politics, put down the division, and realize that right now we can do something about this TOGETHER. Do we really want this thing to last another 12 months and another 126,000 American lives? Is that really worth your macho anti-mask, anti-health political stance against your own fellow Americans? When will it be real? When YOUR mother or father die from this? Grandmother or grandfather? Brother or sister? WHEN? If “all lives matter” then that should count all of us, against this, together, right now.

      1. lol ok. American lives matter I guess, huh?
        I just wonder how we became so calloused. I’ve literally never seen such a lack of caring for our fellow Americans. Ever. It’s very odd to witness.
        Yet we make a big deal about pro-life. About soldiers dying in the middle east. Hell we seem to even care more about celebrity deaths. But this virus thing comes along and kills 126,000 of us in a few months. “F ’em they would’ve died anyway”.
        Great mantra America.

        1. Remember the united patriotism we shared after 9/11/2001? 3000 Americans were killed. That administration took our military to war due to those events. In hindsight, that war part wasn’t exactly a good idea, but the point is we came together as a country.
          Fast forward to now, and over 125k Americans are dead. The number is rising, and people can’t be bothered to WEAR A SIMPLE MASK!
          These people aren’t pro-life. They’re pro birth, but once a breath is taken, they’re done caring about that life. Disgusting, immoral, cruel, people.

          1. Total BS. Within a week the democrats were bashing Bush non stop. Remember “Chimpy McBushHitler? Or Darth Cheney? Or how about “sources say” Iraq has WMDs the beloved Trump hater Colin Powell used to take us to war?

            1. The reasons for conflict in Iraq were a bit more nuanced than Powell telling Bush there was WMD. Even from a basic level, the US has consistently attempted to instill a normalized western political structure in the mid east – democracy isn’t real popular there as we all know so it would have benefit to us. That was an opportunity to rebuild Iraq from the ground up and establish a culture and government that would be an ally with the west, while also limiting the spread of religious extremists hellbent on terrorizing the US and its allies (we used to have those). WMDs or not, it is a strategic location and was vulnerable at the time. I’m not saying the outcome was so great, I’m just saying that the reasons were a bit more logical and strategic than described.

    1. You are welcome to stay at home and wear a mask. If masks were so important than why didn’t Dr. Doom Fauci recommend them back in March when he recommended we close down our entire economy. We want scientific proof and not just statistics pulled out of nowhere and manipulated by government bureaucrats.

      1. OK so I agree that conflicting messages aren’t helpful. But that is a different problem. This thing is new and is literally different variables every single day so inherently no matter how smart any of us are, we need to be able to take today’s info and do the best we can with it. Point is, expect different, evolving information because we still don’t know a lot so there will be a lot of predictions, or a lot of hindsight.
        Just from a common sense standpoint, if something is spread or caught from exhalation/inhalation then a mask will *reduce* not *100% prevent* the spread of such a thing. But hey, even a reduction is an improvement that may help us to move ahead sooner than if we take 0 precautions.
        Most medical approaches to any given medical scenario aren’t 100% effective because there can be a lot of variables, but they are at least meant to *reduce* the impact.

    2. Chef, one of the best posts I’ve ever seen on this site. Unfortunately you are dealing with some self centered morons that will never get it. Keep up the good work!

    1. 126,000 American deaths in the past few months. And car accidents aren’t contagious. But lack of common sense seems to be even more contagious. Darwin for the win!

  4. KTVZ should be ashamed of publishing these types of obvious fear mongering propaganda stories based on nothing but unsubstantiated and unscientific agenda driven claims. Remember, this is supposed to be a novel virus, something that scumbag Fauci and his friends know nothing about. And yet they continue to throw out one ridiculous statement after another. Remember the claim by “experts” a few weeks ago that said that anyone who contracted the Covid-19 and survived would still lose about 13 years off of their lifespan?

    1. There is a lot that we all don’t know. It’s new. So yes there will be some predictions that don’t pan out. But to suggest that this isn’t something to take seriously is a bit extreme.

    2. If there is a wildfire, and firefighters end up building countermeasures farther away than you thought was necessary, do you blame the firefighters for the fire burning up the forest? Or do you trust that they knew how to do their job to the best of their abilities? This virus is like a wildfire. Experts are working hard to figure out the best way to contain it and control it to begin snuffing it out. We can’t predict when the wind will pick up and fan the flames in a new direction so we have to use the tools we have available to mitigate the spread. That happens to be washing hands, cleaning fomites regularly, and WEARING A MASK IN PUBLIC SETTINGS.

  5. all the masks are is a sign of compliance. they wont protect us. people are going to the hospital that dont have Corona virus. then they leave in a body bag with cause of death being Corona virus. this depopulation effort is going to work. in the mean time they want u to get use to sitting at home time its your turn to go to the hospital. good luck folks! liberal lemmings are leading the charge!

    1. Compliance to what? Americans don’t like being told what to do, I get that. I’m frustrated, too. And I don’t like Karen Brown, either. But how does this possibly benefit America, or any political party? What kind of amazingly complex political agenda would this have to be? You’re giving WAY too much credit to ANY political party or government entity if you think they could cook up this kind of complex scenario for their own benefit. IT’S A VIRUS – it doesn’t give a s**t about you. It doesn’t care if you are left or right or upside down. Viruses were here before humans or god or whatever radio host you worship. 126,000 Americans have died from it in a few months. How many more will it take? But they don’t have to die in such numbers because we *should* know that we can take personal precautions that will help us get past this faster and return to normal. Forget who the advice comes from. Does it really matter who? Isn’t it self-evident that we can do a couple of simple things and get past this cr*p sooner? And does it matter that the deaths are disproportionately impacting older Americans? They are our veterans, our parents, our grandparents. And we don’t care? Really?

      Who are the real lemmings or sheep? Those who know a virus can kill a significant number of people but they run right towards it.

      So much Darwinning.

    1. The death rate is 126,000 Americans have died from covid in just a few months. Is that enough of a death rate? Does it need to be 500,000, or 1,000,000 dead Americans? Or should this go on for another 12 months? Or does it need to be someone you care for, a relative, a spouse who gets very sick or dies from it? Does it need to kill more than a war? How long, or how many dead? At what point is it enough to justify taking simple personal precautions to help your fellow Americans?
      “*’ em they’d die anyway”
      Make America Care Again

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