“There are a couple of reasons. One of them is part of the, in fact the major reason to wear a face mask is to protect you from infecting you,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday at a information convention with the White House coronavirus activity drive. “I had my test yesterday and it’s negative.”
“Are you saying, doctor, despite the deaths that we may see, that mitigation is working, and that you do have this outbreak under control?” CBS’ Margaret Brennan requested Fauci.
“I will not say we have it under control, Margaret. That would be a false statement. We are struggling to get it under control, and that’s the issue that’s at hand right now,” Fauci replied.
“If we start seeing now a flattening or a stabilization of cases, what you’re hearing about potential light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t take away from the fact that tomorrow or the next day is going to look really bad,” Fauci continued. “So we’ve got to make sure we realize we’re always talking about a two-and-a-half week lag.”
“It’s really not incompatible with what we’re saying,” he continued.
Fauci additionally reiterated specialists’ pleas for the general public to proceed utilizing primary methods to forestall the virus’ unfold, asserting that “the only tool, but the best tool we have is mitigation.”
“So, if we really want to make sure that we don’t have these kinds of rebounds that we’re worried about, it’s mitigation, mitigation, mitigation,” he added.
CNN’s Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.