Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. top infectious disease expert, has expressed dissatisfaction over why the United States hasn’t instituted a nationwide stay-at-home order amid the spread of COVID-19, saying the country “really should be.”
“I don’t understand why that’s not happening. The tension between federally mandated versus states’ rights to do what they want is something I don’t want to get into. But if you look at what is going on in this country, I do not understand why we are not doing that. We really should be.” Fauci, who’s currently at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., told CNN on Thursday.
Fauci’s comments follow an alarming growth rate of the COVID_19 pandemic, at least 245,000 Americans have been infected and more than 6,100 have died. In New York, the state hardest hit so far, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said health workers would run out of ventilators in six days if stockpiles aren’t resupplied.
Dr. Anthony Fauci made it clear that he supports all Americans being under a stay-at-home order.
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Fauci has also warned earlier this week that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans may die of COVID-19 if social distancing guidelines are not maintained.
A few weeks back “some” states and counties in the country instituted the stay-at-home orders, restaining residents’ movement except going out for very essential activities, including grocery shopping and exercise.
U.S. lawmakers have advised President Trump to issue a directive to that effect, but he refused on the ground that instituting a nationwide order required a “little flexibility.”
“If you have a state in the Midwest, or if Alaska, for example, doesn’t have a problem, it’s awfully tough to say close it down. We have to have a little bit of flexibility,” Trump said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Trump has ordered nationwide social distancing guidelines, which he was hoping to terminate by Easter — until at least the end of the month amid the sobering predictions of death rates in the country.
Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, told NBC’s “Today” this week that such guidelines should have been stay-at-home orders.