( Reuters) – The leading U.S. expert on contagious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Thursday urged more youthful individuals to continue social distancing and other steps to reduce spread of the novel coronavirus, which has surged in some parts of the nation.
” Please presume the social duty of belonging to the option, not part of the problem,” he said in a live interview with Facebook Inc ( FB.O) President Mark Zuckerberg.
Social network platforms consisting of Facebook, which in April got rid of “pseudoscience” as an alternative for marketers, have actually been slammed for allowing the spread of misinformation about the pandemic, from fake cures to extensive conspiracy theories.
New U.S. cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the infection, have reached over 60,000 a day from daily totals under 20,000 in May. The average age of those infected has actually fallen by about 15 years as more youthful people, many of whom might show couple of signs of disease, are being infected, Fauci said.
He warned that even asymptomatic people can spread out the coronavirus to others, increasing the probability that the virus could infect a more vulnerable individual.
Fauci stated some states have moved forward with reopening despite the fact that they did not meet standards issued by the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention. In other states “the citizenry … put care to the wind,” he said, citing images revealing individuals gathering together at bars without face coverings.
” We need to regroup,” Fauci said, keeping in mind that some regions of the country are much less at danger than others.
He urged individuals to wear face coverings, avoid crowds, keep social distance and keep in mind that being outdoors is constantly much better than being inside your home.
” We need to be taking a look at public health measures as a car or an entrance to getting the economy back,” he stated.
Reporting by Deena Beasley; Editing by Tom Brown