Fauci Warns of "Serious Consequences" if U.S. Economy Reopens Too Soon

May 13, 2020
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During streamed-in testimony before the Senate Health, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that “the consequences could be really serious” if cities and states reopen the U.S. economy too quickly with the coronavirus still spreading. "My concern is we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks,” the government's top infectious disease expert said, adding that opening too soon "could turn the clock back" and "even set you back on the road to try to get economic recovery." A recent Associated Press review determined that 17 states did not meet a key White House benchmark for loosening restrictions—a 14-day downward trajectory in new cases or positive test rates. Yet many of those states have begun to reopen or are about to do so, including Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah.