Fauci warns reopening country too fast could be 'really serious' for states

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Anthony Fauci

The Trump administration’s top infectious disease expert testified Tuesday that the consequence of reopening the country too early could be "really serious" if states don't have the capability to respond to new coronavirus infections.

The warning issued by Anthony Fauci offered a stark contrast to the case made in recent weeks by President Donald Trump, who has pushed to quickly restart the economy in spite of a mounting death toll and few signs that the monthslong pandemic is beginning the subside.

“My concern is that we will start to see little spikes that then turn into outbreaks,” Fauci told the Senate HELP Committee during a hearing on how to safely reopen the nation. “The consequences could be really serious.”

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