Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Wednesday he doesn’t believe California needs to return to a full shelter-in-place despite the state’s rising case numbers.
“You don’t really need to go back to lockdown. You need to pause and say, wait a minute. We’re starting to reopen and things aren’t going right. What do we need to correct that?” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaking as part of a virtual Sacramento Press Club event.
Fauci just a day earlier expressed alarm before Congress about the surge in infections nationwide, but singled out Florida, Texas and Arizona as problem areas. He said the next few weeks will be crucial for California, but he doesn’t expect the state to face quite the same challenges, particularly when compared to Florida’s rising case count.