Fauci says U.S. coronavirus situation is "really not good" as new cases surge

“We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this. And I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline,” Fauci said in Facebook Live interview with National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins.

“The European Union as an entity, it went up and then came down to baseline,” he continued. “Now they’re having little blips, as you might expect, as they try to reopen. We went up, never came down to baseline, and now it’s surging back up. So it’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately.”…

Fauci on Monday pointed to “a series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up” too early as a key factor in the virus’ surge and emphasized the US “should use the public health effort as a vehicle and a pathway to get to safe reopening.”

“So we’ve got to make sure that we don’t create this binary type thing of ‘it’s us against them,'” he said of public health efforts and the US economy.