Dr. Fauci Has This Alarming Message About Future State Lockdowns

"Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down," he said.

If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it's that things can change in an instant and there is little about the future that isn't uncertain. It was only a couple of weeks go that Anthony Fauci, MD, said that despite rapidly rising numbers in places the California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona, "I don't think we're going to be talking about going back to lockdown." But as the situation has continued to escalate in those four epicenters of the pandemic, and elsewhere around the country, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director appears to be reconsidering that statement. "I think any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down," Fauci said on The Wall Street Journal podcast, The Journal, on July 8.

He followed up that statement by telling the show's host, Kate Linebaugh, that "each state is different" and it's "not for me to say" which ones should shut down, but he referenced the success New York had stopping the spread with its commitment to lockdown.

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Earlier in the interview, Fauci said, "We've got to just tighten things up," giving a general recommendation for coronavirus hotspots to "close the bars," ensure that indoor restaurants have "very good seating," and require patrons to wear masks and abide by social distancing guidelines. He also advised states that may currently have better control of the virus to proceed with caution.

"Do it in a measured way, the way the guidelines delineate," Fauci said. "If you do that, the chances of getting a surge are much, much less than if you just jump over things."

The interview was on the same day that the U.S. reached three million confirmed cases, according to data from John Hopkins University. A million of those cases were reported in the last month alone. And while the most concerning spikes have been in the four aforementioned epicenters mentioned—Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California—CNN reported on July 9 that 33 of the 50 states are currently showing an upward trend of daily average cases.

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Though Fauci made sure to clarify that he wasn't necessarily singling out any particular states with his statement, he again advised that states moving forward with reopening should learn from the mistakes of the ones that may have done so too early or too aggressively.

"Other states, be mindful of what happens when you open up and throw caution to the wind because it could happen to you," Facui said on The Journal. And for more on a place that seems to have the virus under some element of control, check out This Could Be the First City That "Truly Recovers" from Coronavirus.

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