Dr. Fauci : There Will Be ‘Needless Suffering and Death’ if Nation Reopens Too Soon

By Paul Riegler on 12 May 2020
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert in infectious diseases, issued a stark warning that the country faces “needless suffering and death” if it reopens too early amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The comments, released in advance of Tuesday’s Senate hearing, comes as dozens of states begin the process of taking the first steps of reopening their economies after weeks of closure.

Over 4.3 million cases have been confirmed across the globe since the first person was diagnosed some 100 days ago, with 1.39 million in the United States alone.

Multiple health officials will appear before the Senate health committee Tuesday including Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Admiral Brett Giroir, who helms the White House’s testing efforts.

All four of Tuesday’s witnesses will appear before the Senate in a virtual manner, as did the committtee’s chairman, Senator Lamar Alexander.  Doctors Fauci, Hahn, and Redfield are self-isolating after having come into contact with an individual who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

In his opening remarks, Senator Alexander emphasized the need for testing, noting that a vaccine or remedy for the virus would not be immediate.

“Vaccines and treatments are the ultimate solutions,” he said, “but until we have them, all roads back to work and back to school go through testing. The more tests we conduct, the better we can identify the small number of those who are sick and track those who they have had contact with.”

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