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Dr. Anthony Fauci says he's "uncomfortable" with the dimensions of US coronavirus instances


Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator and Director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, listen as President Donald J. Trump speaks during a briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Friday, Friday March 20, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday he would be "not happy" with the scale of Covid-19 cases in the United States as the nation enters the fall and winter seasons.

The U.S. reports around 40,000 new coronavirus cases daily, which may get worse as temperatures cooler and people go inside, Fauci said during an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "I'm not comfortable with it. I would like to see this level well below 10,000."

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said some regions of the country are doing reasonably well while others are struggling.

"In certain parts of the country, like the Midwest and the Northwest, and even now, we're starting to see little trouble in northeast New York. Then you start to worry because it's harder to deal with respiratory viruses such as airborne viruses People are going inside more, "he said. "And if you're starting to see upticks like we see it and you have a baseline of 40,000 and you get stuck at 40,000, this is not the optimal position when you step into the fall and winter."

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Katherine Clark