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  • Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned Tuesday the U.S. could record 100,000 cases per day if the current outbreaks were not contained and infection rates do not decline.
  • On Wednesday, Harvard Global Health Institute director Ashish K. Jha said every state needs to have a mandatory mask law to stop the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.
  • Meanwhile, the former director of the CDC in an op-ed for Fox News Wednesday urged people to stop politicizing coronavirus health measures.

As the U.S. continues to grapple with a surging number of coronavirus cases in several states, health experts are pleading with Americans to do their part in trying to stop the transmission of COVID-19. 

More than 2.6 million confirmed cases and 127,000 deaths have been tallied in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University data. On Tuesday, at least 44,474 new cases were reported over 24 hours. 


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Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned Tuesday the U.S. could record 100,000 cases per day if the current outbreaks were not contained and infection rates do not decline. 


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On Wednesday, Harvard Global Health Institute director Ashish K. Jha said every state needs to have a mandatory mask law to stop the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases. 

“I just think we can’t dither around on masks,” he told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Everyone needs to be wearing one when they’re outside of their home. 

Jha went on to say the U.S. “can’t afford” to have indoor gatherings.

“No bars, I don’t even know if we can keep restaurants open, certainly not nightclubs. We have got to get very serious about that,” Jha said. “And we’ve got to keep pushing on testing and tracing.”

Jha said if the country can do all of that we can avoid the fate Fauci laid out on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, Tom Friedan, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in an op-ed for Fox News Wednesday urged people to stop politicizing coronavirus health measures.

“There’s only one enemy — the virus. We need to overcome the politicization of measures that protect all of us,” Tom Frieden wrote in the op-ed. “The more we fight among ourselves, the more the virus divides and conquers us.”

“One reason the virus is winning in much of the U.S. is that some leaders and some members of the public seem to think a single silver bullet will make it go away. We’ve pivoted from travel restrictions, to stay-at-home lockdowns, to ramping up testing, and are now focused on wearing masks,” Frieden wrote.

“In truth, each of these measures is important, but none of them will succeed without a comprehensive approach."

He called on officials to use real-time data to try to stay ahead of the virus and stressed the importance of wearing masks, washing hands regularly and practicing social distancing.


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Published on Jul 01, 2020