Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials will testify before Congress Tuesday on the state of the coronavirus pandemic, two days after Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned that the “window is closing” for the United States to get the situation under control.
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Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, has repeatedly urged states to follow federal guidelines for reopening, including in his last appearance before the Senate health committee when he warned in May that failure to do so would led to “some suffering and death” that could be avoided.
Today, half the country is struggling to manage rising COVID-19 cases.
A number of states paused their reopening plans last week as the U.S. set records for the number of new cases in one day. Texas closed bars and limited restaurant capacity, while Florida banned drinking at bars.
Experts say states that don’t manage their case counts risk overwhelming the health care system again and infecting neighboring states that have already flattened the curve.
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