“I don’t understand why this doesn’t happen,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci to CNN’s Anderson Cooper at CNN’s coronavirus town hall.
Over 30 states and the District of Columbia have ordered residents to stay at home. Fauci said the governors who had resisted so far “should” really reconsider the number of US cases exceeding 236,000 on Thursday and continuing to climb.
“You know, the tension between federal law and the rights of states to do what they want is something I don’t want to touch on,” he said. “But if you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we don’t do this. “
Fauci’s message appears to be at odds with President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly said that he does not think a national home order is necessary, highlighting the need for flexibility between states.
However, a growing number of governors have called for a united state front to issue home support orders to limit the epidemic.
“Our message is:” What are you waiting for? “” California Governor Gavin Newsom, the Democrat, told CNN on Wednesday about governors who have not followed suit.
“What additional evidence do you need?” If you think this will not happen to you, there are many evidence points across the country; by the way, in the rest of the world. “
This message was echoed later on Wednesday by Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, another Democrat, who said the United States “should have a national strategy instead of a patchwork of policies” at the state level .
“This is why I think it is important that we, the governors, lead the way and lead the way and be aggressive. I’m grateful to have great colleagues, you know, here in the Midwest in particular. We’ve been pretty aggressive as a geography, and I think it’s important, “Whitmer told CNN.
Fauci also pointed out the dangers of too early relaxation of the social distancing guidelines on Thursday, stating with precision: “If you step back and don’t mitigate, the number (of deaths) may increase. “
“And it’s the worst thing you can see in the world,” he said. “And that’s why I’m so adamant when we say we have to follow these guidelines, you really have to take it seriously. “