The leading US infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Thursday, warned younger people to continue to distance themselves socially and take other measures to curb the spread of the novel corona virus, which has been growing rapidly in some parts of the country.
"Please take social responsibility to be part of the solution, not part of the problem," he said in a live interview with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook Inc.
Social media platforms such as Facebook, which removed "pseudosciences" as an option for advertisers in April, have been criticized for allowing the spread of misinformation about the pandemic, from mock healings to far-reaching conspiracy theories.
New US cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, have risen from less than 20,000 daily in May to over 60,000 a day. The average age of those infected has dropped by about 15 years as younger people, many of whom may have few symptoms of the disease, become infected, Fauci said.
He warned that even asymptomatic people can spread the coronavirus to others, increasing the likelihood that the virus could infect a vulnerable person.
Fauci said some states had pushed ahead with the reopening despite failing to meet the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In other states, "citizens have … exercised caution," he said, and quoted photos that show people gathering in bars without a face covering.
"We need to regroup," said Fauci, noting that some regions of the country are much less at risk than others.
He urged people to wear face covers, avoid crowds, maintain social distance, and remember that it is always better to be outside than inside.
"We should view public health policies as a vehicle or gateway to restore the economy," he said.
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