Dr. Fauci holds up New York, the state with 23% of all US deaths, as a model for fighting coronavirus — ‘They did it correctly’
To date, United States has more than 3,833,271 coronavirus infections with at least 142,877 deaths reported. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, New York state represents about a quarter of all the total U.S. reported deaths. Given that New York has the highest coronavirus death rates in the US, it is surprising to hear Dr. Anthony Fauci praising as a model for fighting coronavirus.
In a Friday interview on “PBS NewsHour,” the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director praised New York for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state did it “correctly.”
“We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We have done it. We have done it in New York,” Fauci said.
“We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We have done it. We have done it in New York,” Fauci said in an interview with “PBS NewsHour” that aired Friday evening.
Fauci also urged people to wear masks and pushing for the closure of bars to limit the spread of the virus.
“Stay away from crowds. Close the bars,” Fauci said. “You appeal to the people in the local areas, close those bars. They are seriously the — one of the major reasons why we’re seeing [the surges].” “And I think, if we do that for a couple of weeks in a row,” he continued, “I think we’re going to see a turnaround, because we know that that works.”
“New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly by doing the things that you’re talking about,” he added. New York was once the epicenter of the outbreak with more than 10,000 new cases a day during its peak outbreak in April. The state recorded over 32,000 deaths with majority being elderly patients in nursing homes.