Anthony Fauci is calling decisions by the governors of Texas and Mississippi to lift coronavirus restrictions “inexplicable” and warning the moves could lead to another spike in cases.
“What we don’t need right now is another surge, so just pulling back on all of the public health guidelines that we know work, and if you take a look at the curve we know it works, it just is inexplicable why you would want to pull back now,” Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, said on CNN late Wednesday.
Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Tate Reeves of Mississippi, both Republicans, earlier in the week lifted their states’ mask mandates as well as all capacity limits on businesses, pointing to the ongoing vaccination campaign and saying the restrictions were burdensome and did not need to continue.
“I understand the need to want to get back to normality, but you’re only going to set yourself back if you just completely push aside the public health guidelines, particularly when we’re dealing with anywhere from 55 to 70,000 infections per day in the United States, that’s a very, very high baseline,” Fauci responded on CNN.
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