Fauci Tells Governors to Stick to 'Fundamentals'

He says managing outbreaks will require universal mask-wearing, closing bars
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 20, 2020 4:24 PM CDT
Fauci: Governors Need to Stick to 'Fundamentals' in Virus Fight
Des Moines Public Schools custodian Joel Cruz cleans a desk in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The United States' top infectious disease expert says the best way to manage the surging coronavirus—and prevent future outbreaks—is by sticking to what he calls the "fundamentals." Dr. Anthony Fauci told the nation’s governors Monday that those include the universal wearing of face masks, shutting bars, limiting indoor dining, avoiding crowds, and frequent hand-washing, the AP reports. Fauci addressed governors via videoconference with members of the White House coronavirus task force. Task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx urged governors to watch for even the tiniest increase in the percentage of positive cases, saying it means an uptick is coming. (President Trump is planning to resume daily coronavirus briefings from the White House.)


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