Fauci: Reopening Too Quickly Will Backfire

WASHINGTON (AP) -
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci addresses a daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, last week. (Reuters/Leah Millis)

The top infectious-disease expert in the United States has a message for protesters who are ignoring their governors’ stay-at-home orders and calling for him to be fired over his guidelines.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the message is “this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics, from the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus.”

He added on ABC on Monday morning that “unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery economically is not gonna happen. So what you do if you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re gonna set yourself back.”

Fauci said that as painful as it is to follow guidelines of gradually phasing into a reopening, “it’s gonna backfire. That’s the problem.”