“I will not walk away from this outbreak no matter who the president is,” the White House coronavirus task force member said in an interview on “The News with Shepard Smith” As Covid-19 cases soar to levels the US hasn’t seen in nearly two months and that has risen in more than 40 states over the past week.
Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, redoubled his efforts to help Americans fight the coronavirus pandemic. His comments come as the country has an average of 50,000 new cases a day. Fauci said to Smith: “We’re in a bad place now we have to reverse that. “
Fauci also underlined that his role in fighting the pandemic is not political. The country’s foremost infectious disease expert said the Trump campaign was supposed to turn off the political advertising he appeared in, saying he didn’t appreciate being “put in a political context.” Fauci reiterated to Smith that he did not agree to appear on the Trump team’s new ad.
Smith asked Fauci for clarification on science-based restrictions and the country’s closure. While Fauci stated that “science-based restrictions make sense,” he stressed that those restrictions do not mean keeping people away from their livelihoods.
“We have to convince Americans that public health action does not mean closing the country,” said Fauci. “It’s actually a way of keeping the country open.”
Fauci added that there are five ways that Americans can cushion the pandemic resurgence that won’t freeze their lives. This includes consistently and correctly wearing a mask, washing your hands, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distance at a distance of two meters and choosing outdoor areas, indoor areas.