Moving Fast? Prepare to Pay the Consequences

Bucking a president worried by a battered economy and intent on reopening the country, a top US health official warned a Senate committee yesterday about the costs moving too quickly, The Washington Post reports.

Anthony Fauci’s message: Be prepared for new outbreaks if cities and states leap over important milestones in the COVID-19 response.

“When you pull back on mitigation, you will see some cases appear. My concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in much-anticipated testimony as reported by STAT.
 
Fauci warned of avoidable “suffering and death” and economic setbacks from premature easing of social distancing restrictions. 

He also told Sen. Lamar Alexander that expecting to have a vaccine by this fall is “a bit of a bridge too far.”

CDC Director Robert Redfield was pummeled by Sen. Chris Murphy (D) for “criminally vague” guidance for states that are reopening. 

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