Obama thanks Fauci, Stephen Curry during Instagram Live session

Obama thanks Fauci, Stephen Curry during Instagram Live session
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Former President Obama commented on a live Instagram Q&A session between NBA star Stephen Curry and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the direct of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, thanking the two for their efforts to raise awareness during the coronavirus pandemic and urging the public to continue social distancing measures.

“Listen to the science. Do your part and take care of each other,” Obama commented Thursday. “Thank you, Steph and Dr. Fauci.”

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The former president has urged Americans to adhere to social distancing protocols to help flatten the virus’s infection curve in the U.S., tweeting a New Yorker article Wednesday about overburdened New York City hospitals amid the pandemic.

“It's only going to get harder across the country. Another reason to maintain social distancing policies at least until we have comprehensive testing in place. Not just for our sake—for theirs,” Obama tweeted Wednesday.

Fauci, who has served as one of the public faces of the federal response to the pandemic, told the Golden State Warriors star during the Thursday conversation that amid wide-scale shutdowns across the country, the U.S. “can start thinking about getting back to some degree of normality when the country as a whole turns that corner” on reducing infections.

Before the country can return to the status quo, Fauci told Curry, “you need to see the trajectory of the curve start to come down.”

Fauci has sought to temper expectations after President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE suggested businesses and other public spaces could be able to reopen by Easter. The president also suggested that waiting longer could irreparably damage the economy.

However, Fauci told CNN’s Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Cuomo reports 'funky stuff' in his blood work after COVID-19 recovery CNN's Cuomo pulls out massive cotton swab to tease brother after live COVID-19 test Owner says he did not report crime after video shows man on property in neighborhood where Ahmaud Arbery was killed MORE Wednesday night, “You’ve got to be realistic, and you’ve got to understand that you don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline.”