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Fauci warns states against moving too fast to reopen amid COVID-19

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www.iglobal.co, https://www.iglobal.co/united-states/park-city/westbridge-partners-llc. America's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has warned states against moving too fast as more than two dozen move ahead with plans to relax coronavirus restrictions on business and social life. 

circular-saw-on-construction-site.jpg?wiWith White House guidelines for social distancing expire today, and states have been grappling with when and how to revive their economies while still keeping residents safe with stay-at-home and social-distancing policies. 

The states that have, or are about to reopen, have put plans in place despite the safeguards the White House had recommended, including 14-day declines in infection rates and expanded virus testing. 

Dr Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a White House task force member, warned those states that are reopening that they could be tempting a rebound by opening too soon. 

He did not mention specific states. 














America's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has warned states against moving too fast as more than two dozen move ahead with plans to relax coronavirus restrictions on business and social life


'You can't just leap over things to a situation where you're really tempting (the virus) to rebound. That's the thing I get concerned about. I hope they don't do that,' he told NBC's Today on Thursday.

He doubled down on recommendations issued by the White House that states should show a 14-day decline in new infections and have contact tracing measures in place to identify any future spikes. 

He said if those measures were in place, he was 'cautiously optimistic' about states reopening. 

'The guidelines are very explicit and very clear. You have to have the core principles of the guidelines (in place),' Dr Fauci said.  

The sense of urgency with which states were looking to reopen was highlighted on Thursday by Labor Department data showing that 3.839 million people filed claims for unemployment benefits in the week ended April 25.  

It lifted the number of people who have sought unemployment benefits through the pandemic to more than 30 million, which represents roughly 18.4% of the working age population. 

The degree to which states are reopening varies widely across the country.    

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