U.S. lockdown not inevitable, Fauci says. But the numbers are horrendous.



Should I wear a mask? You'll soon face growing pressure, experts say.

The United States’ top infectious-disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, cautioned against despair as the country endures a surge in covid-19 cases unlike anything it has previously seen. A record high of 145,835 new cases were reported Wednesday, just one week after the U.S. hit 100,000 cases for the first time. At least 65,000 Americans are hospitalized with covid-19, according to The Post’s latest data.

In an interview with “Good Morning America” on Thursday, Fauci insisted that the United States could still make it through the winter without a national lockdown “if we can just hang in there” and adopt stronger social distancing habits until vaccines arrive.

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