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Dr. Anthony Fauci says he won't walk away from 'this outbreak no matter who's the president'

Key Points
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNBC he's prepared to stay on the job fighting the coronavirus whether President Trump or Joe Biden wins the election.
  • "I'm not going to walk away from this outbreak, no matter who's the president," the White House coronavirus taskforce member said in an interview on "The News with Shepard Smith."
  • Fauci also said the U.S. needs to reduce the rising Covid-19 case count. "We're in a bad place now, we've got to turn this around."
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I'm not gonna walk away from this outbreak no matter who the president is: Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNBC he's prepared to stay on the job fighting the coronavirus whether President Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden wins the election.

"I'm not going to walk away from this outbreak, no matter who's the president," the White House coronavirus taskforce member said in an interview Monday evening on "The News with Shepard Smith."

Covid-19 cases are rising to levels the U.S. has not seen in nearly two months and are climbing in more than 40 states over the past week.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, doubled down on his commitment to helping Americans combat the coronavirus pandemic. His comments come as the country averages about 50,000 new cases per day. Fauci told Smith, "We're in a bad place now, we've got to turn this around."

Fauci also asserted that his role in fighting the pandemic is not political. The country's top infectious disease expert said the Trump campaign should take down a political advertisement that featured him, saying he did not appreciate being "put in a political context." Fauci reiterated to Smith that he did not consent to being featured in the Trump team's new ad.

Smith asked Fauci for clarification when it came to science-based restrictions and shutting the country down. While noting that "science-based restrictions make sense," Fauci emphasized that those restrictions do not mean keeping people away from their livelihoods.

"We've got to convince Americans that public health measures do not mean shutting the country down," said Fauci. "It's actually an avenue to keeping the country open."

Fauci added that Americans can blunt the pandemic's resurgence in five ways that won't shut their lives down, including wearing a mask consistently and correctly, washing hands, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distance at 6 feet apart, and opting for outdoor spaces over indoor spaces.

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We're in a bad place heading into fall: Dr. Anthony Fauci