Fauci warns states are "skipping over" reopening checkpoints

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Fauci Will Settle for 70 Percent Effective Coronavirus Vaccine but Warns it May Not Lead to Herd Immunity

Unless Americans wear masks and recommit to social distancing, the daily increase in new cases nationwide, now around 40,000, could reach 100,000, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a U.S. Senate committee.

Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, told the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, however, he still is optimistic an effective vaccine and treatments will be developed.

In an interview with CNN, Dr Anthony Fauci also said people not wearing masks was "a recipe for disaster" and said of the Trump administration's attempts at contact tracing: "I don't think we're doing very well".

Alarming spikes in new cases in southern hot spots Texas and Florida are driving the daily national total of new cases to over 40,000 per day, and they need to be tamped down quickly to avoid risky surges elsewhere in the country, Dr Fauci stressed.

Fauci said areas seeing recent outbreaks are putting the entire nation at risk, including regions that have made progress in reducing COVID-19 cases. You should avoid crowds when possible and when you are outside and have no ability to keep your distance, you must wear a mask at all times.

Fauci's comments came in response to Sen. US fatalities account for more than one-fifth of that total, which includes roughly 125,747 deaths as of Sunday. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. on how many cases and deaths the nation could end up seeing, Fauci declined to offer a death estimate beyond his initial prognosis of somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000. "And so I am very concerned".

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

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'Masks are extremely important, ' Fauci said, adding, 'There's no doubt that wearing masks protects you and gets you to be protected.

Infections are rising rapidly mostly in parts of the West and South, and Fauci and other public health experts said Americans everywhere will have to start following key recommendations if they want to get back to more normal activities like going to school.

He said the vaccine would be only 70 percent to 75 percent effective because many Americans refuse to get it. But he suggested the vaccine would not be fully effective.

By early afternoon Tuesday, more than 2.6 million coronavirus infections have been confirmed along with 126,360 deaths.

"I mean, for the Fourth of July, we could all show our patriotism with a red, white and blue mask, going out there and showing some strength", he said in an appearance on "Fox & Friends". Republican President Donald Trump has refused to cover his face in public.

"Right. I can't make an estimation because that would have to be modeled out", Fauci reiterated.

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