Update (1230ET): As we move into the second half of Dr. Fauci & Co's testimony, the big news from this morning is a sound bite where the good doctor claimed the US was headed in "the wrong direction," and that in reality, only "about 50%" of the US shut down during the initial wave, which is probably why we're seeing this surge in the south and west, but not in states like New York.
"Clearly, we are not in control right now," he acknowledged.
Later on, he claimed that the US would need to hit "75%-80%" infection rates for herd immunity to kick in.
"Clearly we are not in total control right now."— ABC News (@ABC) June 30, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies that "we're going in the wrong direction" in terms of new COVID cases in the U.S. "The numbers speak for themselves." https://t.co/P2hctfTARR pic.twitter.com/pcMvr9m3Un
Here are some more headlines...
- FAUCI SAYS 70%-85% OF U.S. WILL NEED TO BE IMMUNE TO STOP VIRUS
- FAUCI SAYS IN REALITY ONLY 50% OF THE U.S. SHUT DOWN
- FAUCI SAYS ABOUT 95% OF EUROPE HAD SHUT DOWN
- FAUCI SAYS HE NEVER SAID WE CAN'T PLAY A CERTAIN SPORT
- FAUCI SAYS G4 SWINE FLU NOT AN IMMEDIATE THREAT
Now, the public's attention is turning to today's next round of testimony: Mnuchin & Powell.
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In a Senate hearing Tuesday, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials are expected to finish out the second quarter by warning of a "tremendous burden" that the US health care system might face this fall if COVID-19 and the flu are circulating at the same time.
Here's more from ABC News from the Dr.'s prepared statement:
"While it remains unclear how long the pandemic will last, COVID-19 activity will likely continue for some time," the prepared statement said. "It is also unclear what impact the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will have on health care and public health systems during the upcoming influenza season. If there is COVID-19 and flu activity at the same time, this could place a tremendous burden on the health care system related to bed occupancy, laboratory testing needs, personal protective equipment and health care worker safety."
Among other recommendations, the doctor is expected to recommend that decisions on school reopenings be left to local authorities.
Dr. Fauci will be joined by Dr. Robert Redfield and Dr. Stephen Hahn, as well as Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir, who has worked with the White House task force during the appearance before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, led by Tennessee's Lamar Alexander.