The resurgence in coronavirus infections in southern and western states is now moving into Midwestern states, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases , he said Wednesday in an interview on MSNBC.
In Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, an increase in the percentage of coronavirus tests that returned positive led to a resumption of the resurgence, Fauci said.
“We’re starting to see that in some states now, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and other states,” he added.
Fauci said the White House coronavirus task force warned governors on Tuesday at a conference that they need to get ahead of the curve.
“Because what we’re seeing now is what actually happened a few weeks ago and what we’re seeing a few weeks from now, it’s what we’re doing now,” he said.
“What will inevitably happen is that states that are not yet in trouble, will likely get into trouble,” Fauci added.
Fauci’s advice: States experiencing a resurgence need to take a look at the lines of reopening, Fauci said, stressing the need to adhere to a gradual reopening.
“Not all states have done this and even in the states that have done it, some of the people in the states have not heard what the suggestions in the guidelines are. So, what we are dealing with now is that we want to make sure that so as we begin to see these increases, you may need to go back a little bit, “he said.
Fauci said, however, he does not believe moving back to a complete closure that is necessary.
“I think psychologically it would be really very hard for people to accept but what we can do is, if you’re a quick call to quit, timeout and I think maybe you want to stay back a little bit, not necessarily the way back to close, but enough to get back on track. ‘get your base, so then you have to proceed to open it in a much more cautious way.’