Fauci tells Congress US coronavirus outbreak not yet under control


Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, along with several other government health officials, testified remotely before the U.S. Senate Health Committee today (May 12) on the reopening of the country. The senator went on to say, we have to get rid of the notion that things need to be flawless in order for schools to reopen.

The White House has had its own brush with the spread of the virus in unexpected places.

Paul said that USA schools - virtually all of which closed in the spring when the coronavirus began to spread around this country - should open in the fall, and that it would be "ridiculous" if they don't.

Fauci's remarks come as nearly all states are beginning to reopen, many against the guidelines outlined by the White House that set benchmarks for a decline in new cases and testing capabilities, among other things.

The advice from Fauci and other key government officials - delivered by dramatic, sometimes awkward teleconference - was at odds with a president who urges on protests of state-ordered restraints and insists that "day after day, we're making tremendous strides".

Redfield may be asked about why the White House shelved a CDC draft report that spelled out in greater detail how and when states could safely reopen and past statements he made about the strain on health systems later in the year if a resurgence in the coronavirus coincides with the annual flu season.

Trump has said there has been widespread coronavirus testing in the US, more than in any other country, although some reports say that the U.S.is not among the top 20 countries in the number of tests administered on a per capita basis. Fauci, 79, has tested negative but is working from home after Mike Pence's press secretary Katie Miller, wife of Trump aide Stephen Miller, tested positive for the virus on Friday. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said the US may finally have outpaced testing leader South Korea but that country has far fewer deaths because it started testing early.

Worldwide coronavirus cases pass 4 million
Several U.S. states have launched reopening procedures-although those hardest hit, for the most part, remain closed. Data showed fatalities worldwide reached 277,860, while the number of patients who recovered stands at 1,348,383.

"I hope that people who are predicting doom and gloom and saying oh we can't do this there's going to be a surge will admit they're wrong if there isn't a surge", the senator continued, calling for the Trump administration to listen to experts who disagreed with the "doom and gloom" predictions of Fauci and his ilk.

Senator Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Senate's education committee, on Sunday praised coronavirus testing in the USA, citing Johns Hopkins University research that eight million tests have conducted, more per capita even than South Korea.

The senior health adviser - who has become the public face of the fight against the virus in the USA - was blocked from testifying to a congressional committee examining the Trump administration's response to the pandemic on May 6. Because more and more we learn, we're seeing things about what this virus can do that we didn't see from the studies in China or in Europe.

The answer, he said, is testing. He said he believed it would be a mistake not to reopen schools.

As well as a two-week "downward trajectory" of cases, it calls for robust testing for at-risk healthcare workers, with asymptomatic cases screened as well, and contacts of positive cases traced.

"We don't know everything about this virus and we really better be pretty careful, particularly when it comes to children", Fauci said.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) agreed, noting that at a White House press briefing Monday, Giroir was celebrating the USA testing record compared with South Korea, "you ignored the fact that they accomplished theirs at the beginning of the outbreak, where we tread water during February and March".