As coronavirus cases continue to set records for the number of daily infectious and hospitalizations across the U.S., Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that Americans should not expect a national lockdown and instead anticipate “surgical-type” local restrictions.
During an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union," Fauci once again called for the nation to “double-down” on public health measures such as wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing while waiting for a vaccine to become widely available -- likely late next year.
But Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, said he does not anticipate or believe a nationwide lockdown or widespread stay-at-home orders would be effective to reduce the rate of infections, but that they would have more impact on piecemeal, local levels.
“I think that likely will happen, Jake, if we don’t turn around this surge,” Fauci said of local restrictions. “We’re not going to get a national lockdown, I think that’s very clear. But I think what we’re going to start seeing in the local levels, be they governors or mayors or people at the local level, will do as you said, very surgical-type of restrictions, which are the functional equivalent of a local lockdown.”
Fauci, however, did not rule out the notion of national restrictions if cases continue to spike.
“If things really get bad and you put your foot on the pedal and yet still you have the surge, you may need to take the extra step that you’re talking about,” Fauci said.
Source: The Hill