Fauci plans to tell senators at Tuesday's hearing there will be 'needless suffering and death' if states reopen too soon

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May 11, 2020 - 11:25 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious diseases expert, plans to deliver a blunt warning at Tuesday's U.S. Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee: Reopen too quickly and people will die.

In an email to a New York Times reporter Monday night, Fauci wrote, "The major message that I wish to convey to the Senate HLP committee tomorrow is the danger of trying to open the country prematurely."

He continued, "If we skip over the checkpoints in the guidelines to ‘Open America Again,’ then we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country. This will not only result in needless suffering and death, but would actually set us back on our quest to return to normal."

"Opening Up America Again" is a three-phase White House plans for states to follow when seeking to reopen.

The hearing will be via video teleconference. 

Fauci is currently in "modified quarantine" after coming into contact with a White House staffer who tested positive for coronavirus, the White House said.