“I don’t understand why that doesn’t happen,” said Dr. CNN’s Anthony Fauci Anderson Cooper during CNN’s Coronavirus City Hall.
“You know, the tension between federal mandates and state rights, doing what they want is something I don’t want to go into,” he said. “But if you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we don’t.”
Fauci’s message appears to contradict President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly said that he does not think a nationwide home stay order is necessary, and emphasizes the need for flexibility between states.
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“Our message is, ‘What are you waiting for?'” Californian governor Gavin Newsom, a democrat, told CNN on Wednesday when asked about governors who did not follow suit.
“What other evidence do you need? If you think it won’t happen to you, there are many evidence points across the country; incidentally, in the rest of the world.”
This message was later confirmed on Wednesday by the governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, another democrat, who believed that at the state level, the US “should have a national strategy rather than a patchwork of policy measures”.
“So I think it is important that we governors show the way and show the way and are aggressive. I am grateful that I have great colleagues here in the Midwest. We were quite aggressive as geography. And I think that is important, “Whitmer told CNN.
Fauci also stressed the dangers of loosening the social distancing policy too early on Thursday, explicitly saying, “If you withdraw and do not mitigate, there is a possibility that the number (of deaths) may increase.”
“And that’s the worst thing in the world you want to see,” he said. “And that’s why I’m so relentless when we say we have to follow these guidelines, you really have to take it seriously.”