DR Anthony Fauci warned the US could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases emerge every day if the uptick in cases is not controlled.
On Tuesday, Fauci told the Senate committee he would "not be surprised" if the US begins reporting as many as 100,000 new coronavirus cases on a daily basis "if this does not turn around."
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases revealed that he was "very concerned and not satisfied with what's going on because we're going in the wrong direction," reported Axios.
"I can't make an accurate prediction, but it is going to be very disturbing," Fauci told the Senate Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.
"I will guarantee you that, because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country even though in other parts of the country they're doing well, they are vulnerable.
"I made that point very clearly last week at a press conference. We can't just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk."
"We are now having 40,000+ new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I'm very concerned."
Fauci explained that these surges put "the entire country at risk" and "clearly we don't have this under control" as states like including Florida, California, and Texas experience unprecedented surges.
Currently, the US is dealing with around 40,000 daily cases – but that number is set to rise as multiple states experience an uptick in infections and hospitalizations.
As states face a crippling surge in cases, Fauci warned earlier this week that some of them were "skipping" checkpoints in the federal reopening guidelines.
He said this is why new hotspots have emerged in Texas, Florida and Arizona, whereas the former coronavirus epicenter New York has managed to flatten the spread.
Fauci also told highlighted that even in the areas that "did it right" during the phased reopening process, there was a potentially deadly lack of compliance amongst individuals.
The White House Coronavirus Task Force member described this as the "all or none phenomenon," which saw people throw caution to the wind by not socially distancing or wearing a mask in public.
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