Fauci warns COVID infection rates are too high: ‘You’re keeping the pandemic alive’

The uptick in coronavirus cases being reported in many states across the country has Dr. Anthony Fauci concerned.

While the Midwest is continuing to see a surge in positive diagnoses, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina and Wyoming also saw their highest daily number of cases on Friday, reported CNN.

As a whole, the country is seeing more than 60,000 new cases each day, according to John Hopkins University.

These statistics don’t bode well for the country as we head into winter.

"You can't enter into the cool months of the fall and the cold months of the winter with a high community infection baseline," Fauci said during a virtual event with John Hopkins.

The nation’s leading infectious disease expert continued to stress the importance of maintaining safety protocols like mask wearing, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings in order to curtail community spread of the novel virus.

"We've got to get the message to people that if you get infected, even if you don't have a single symptom, what you are doing is you are propagating a pandemic," Fauci added. "By getting infected, you're keeping the pandemic alive."

He also rebutted the notion that upholding safety practices means having to shut down the country’s economy.

"Whenever we public health officials talk about implementing public health measures, people think that we want to shut the country down," Fauci continued. "We don't want to do that. We want to use public health measures in a prudent, careful way to help us to reopen the country. To reopen the economy. To get jobs back."

Fauci recently downplayed the effectiveness of herd immunity as a way to eradicate the virus.

Herd immunity is the notion that if a large enough number of individuals contract COVID-19, the disease will stop spreading.

The good doctor blasted the theory as being “very dangerous.”

“Anybody who knows anything about epidemiology will tell you that is nonsense and very dangerous, because what will happen is that if you do that, by the time you get to herd immunity, you will have killed a lot of people that would have been avoidable,” Fauci said.

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