Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives to testify before the House Select subcommittee about the coronavirus crisis hearing in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2020.
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The White House Health Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday that U.S. officials in some states are beginning to see signs of a new surge in coronavirus.
The rate of coronavirus testing, which is positive in some states outside the country's southern region, is beginning to rise, said Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during an interview with the American Medical Association journal. It is the same "insidious" climb that the Sun Belt region experienced about a month ago before the falls increased, he said.
Fauci did not name the states, but last week warned of a possible increase in Covid 19 cases in states like Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana, which reported an increase in the so-called positivity rate or percentage of tests that were positive.
He said states should do a "serious" review of where they are in the reopening process. "You may have to take a break, you may have to fall back a little. I don't think you absolutely have to go back to close completely," he said on Monday.
Fauci also urged the public to wear masks and avoid crowds, especially in bars and other interiors.
"Outdoor is always better than indoor if you want to do some function," he said. "It is in our hands, as I have said so many times. They have the dynamics of the virus, if it is left to its own devices, it will revive. The only way to stop it through what we do. as a countermeasure against it. "
His comments came as coronavirus outbreaks, which had been penetrating the Sun Belt states like California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona for weeks, began to subside. Across the country, new Covid 19 cases have decreased daily in the past few days, which has reduced the 7-day average of new cases by more than 5% compared to a week ago, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The comments also came a day after Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said the US is "at a new stage" in fighting the pandemic as the virus is more common in both rural and urban areas.
Last week, Fauci said the coronavirus was so contagious that it would probably never go away completely, which contradicts the statements made by President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly said that Covid-19 would eventually go away.
"I don't think it would go away because it is such a highly communicable virus," said Fauci at a House Select subcommittee hearing on Friday to curb the outbreak.
While the virus will not go away, Fauci has previously said that it is possible that leading politicians and public health officials could work to bring the pandemic to a "low level". He said the US had so many cases that some states had not closed at the start of the outbreak while others had reopened too early.
"When trying to reopen in some situations, states have not strictly followed the guidelines set by the Task Force and the White House, and others who have even followed it have gathered people in the state actually in bulk and not wearing masks, "he said on Friday.
Fauci said on Monday that "we are all together," adding that officials will continue to ask Americans to wear masks.
The Trump administration put great pressure on the public to use face masks last month after the president refused to wear them for months.
"I am very pleased to see that the President is now wearing a mask more," said Fauci. "The Vice President, and I know I am with him a lot, wears a mask when he goes out and is in a situation where masks are needed. We need more of that consistency."