The mouthpiece for the Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the United States is not doing well compared to other countries around the world in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
During an interview with FiveThirtyEight reporter Anna Rothschild, Fauci trashed President Trump and the country as a whole but praised the efforts and alleged successes of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“How do you think the U.S. is doing right now? If you’re looking across the world, what are your feelings about how we’re doing right now?” Rothschild asked via the Washington Examiner.
“Well, let me say, there are parts of the United States, like where you live right now [in New York], that are doing really well, that you’ve been through something really bad, and you have things under control. And you have a governor and mayor in the city who understand what it means to go by the guidelines for the gateway, phase one, phase two, phase three. So you’re doing well. Other cities are doing well,” Fauci said. “But as a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great.”
“I mean, we’re just not,” he added.
The Washington Examiner reports Fauci cautioned lawmakers earlier this week not to fall into a “false complacency” when looking at a declining coronavirus death rate.
“It’s a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death,” he said. “There are so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus. Don’t get yourself into a false complacency.”
He also credited the rising coronavirus case number comes from teenagers and others who are engaging in “risky behavior,” spreading the coronavirus without reservation.
“By allowing yourself to get infected because of risky behavior, you are part of the propagation of the outbreak. So you are part of the problem. Because you could, even though you feel fine, you could inadvertently and innocently infect someone else, who then inadvertently and innocently infects someone who is really vulnerable,” he said.
The Examiner adds:
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There are more than 12.1 million reported cases of the coronavirus across the globe, with more than 551,900 deaths. In the U.S., more than 3.1 million people have tested positive for the coronavirus, with the nation’s death toll totaling more than 133,000. More than 38 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19, according to the latest reading of the Johns Hopkins University tracker.