The US’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, reiterated his plea to the American people to take adequate safety precautions as they celebrate this Labor Day to avoid coronavirus infections.
“We don’t want to see a repeat of the surges that we’ve seen following holiday weekends,” he said.
He emphasized that this does not mean people can’t enjoy, but rather, they should keep the fundamental safety protocols in mind.
“The wearing of the masks, the physical distancing and the avoiding crowds, trying to keep gatherings outside much, much, much more preferable than indoors,” he said.
“We’re seeing now in certain states. Montana, the Dakotas, Michigan, Minnesota, that there is an uptick in test positivity, particularly among young people, 19 to 25. That’s predictive,” he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto. “If they don’t do the kinds of things we’re talking about, we’re going to see a surge.”
Fauci added that he doesn’t want to see a surge in any circumstances but particularly as the fall approaches with flu season.
“We want to go into that with a running start in the right direction. We don’t want to go into that with another surge that we have to turn around again. So it really is an important weekend.”