Top US infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci calls some of Fox News' primetime coverage of the coronavirus pandemic 'outlandish'

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Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before the Senate on September 23.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US's top infectious-disease expert, described some of Fox News' coverage of the coronavirus pandemic as "outlandish" in an interview with CNN's Brian Stelter on Monday.

  • Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said news reports differed in that some delivered "opposing perspectives on what seems to be a pretty obvious fact or a body of data" — and he pointed to Fox News.

  • "There are reporters who really, you know, do a great job," Fauci told Stelter. "And even Fox — even on the Fox channels there are some that are really, really good that I totally respect."

  • "But there are others that just, you know, anything that I would say they'll distort a bit," he continued. "And I'm not sure there's anything I can do about that."

  • Fauci also expressed concern about President Donald Trump and the American public hearing misinformation about the virus.

  • He said it was important for people to take health precautions during the pandemic, including wearing masks, "keeping distance, avoiding crowds, washing hands, doing things outdoors much more than indoors," adding that "all of that is a combination of prevention modalities that are easy to do."

  • Fauci emphasized the importance of health officials putting out "a consistent message as often as you possibly can, because there is so much misinformation during this very divisive time that we're in."

  • "The public really needs to know the facts in going through this extraordinary experience that we're all going through," Fauci said.

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