Dr. Anthony Fauci has advised multiple states to pause reopening.
While speaking during an interview on Thursday, Fauci suggested that the states hit hardest by COVID-19 should consider “pausing” the process of reopening the economy. He suggested they look “at what did not work well, and try to mitigate that.”
Specifically, Fauci called out California, Arizona, Texas and Florida.
“I would hope we don’t have to resort to shutdown,” he said.
“I think that would be something that is obviously an extreme. I think it would not be viewed very favorably, even by the states and the cities involved.
“So, rather than think in terms of reverting back down to a complete shutdown, I would think we need to get the states pausing in their opening process, looking at what did not work well, and try to mitigate that. I don’t think we need to go back to an extreme of shutting down.”
It will be interesting to see if those states ultimately heed his advice.