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Fauci: 'US in very, very difficult situation'

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert said the United States is in "a very, very difficult situation" with COVID-19, after experiencing 10 million infections and more than 240,000 deaths. (Nov. 12)

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- --year that is 2020, America's leading rock star epidemiologist.

ANTHONY FAUCI: We are in a very, very difficult situation. It's quite problematic. I have said that publicly many times, not to scare people, but to bring a reality check to where we are.

If you look at it, we have 10 million infections in the United States, almost 250,000 deaths. We've had 60,000 hospitalizations, and now, last count, we had 143,000 infections in a single day.

When I testified before the Congress four months ago, I said, if we did not get control of this, that we could reach 100,000 infections a day. And people thought I was being hyperbolic. And now look what's happening. That's the bad news.

I think the encouraging news that people need to understand-- that public health measures, not lockdown of the country, but public health measures that are rather simple and easy to understand, the universal wearing of masks, the physical distancing, the avoiding congregating in crowded places, outdoors better than indoors, washing hands-- it sounds simple in the context of this ominous outbreak, but in fact, it can turn it around. And that's what we really need to do.

- [INAUDIBLE] where are we in the cycle?

ANTHONY FAUCI: Well, the data speaks for itself. We are in a very, very difficult situation. It's quite problematic.

So what we're hoping is that those who have vaccine hesitancy, who are skeptical about a vaccine, will see that the efficacy of this is so high that they may change their mind about wanting to get vaccinated. [INAUDIBLE] do what we call community engagement. I mean, there are going to be a core of people who will not take a vaccine.