Fauci conspicuously stops doing TV interviews as White House moves to reopen economy

That’s CNN’s headline. We all know that he was stopped from doing them, not that he voluntarily stopped doing them. It’s difficult to push the country into reopening when the expert is in front of the cameras telling everyone it’s wayyyyy too soon:

The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been conspicuously absent from national television interviews over the last two weeks, as the White House moves ahead with reopening the economy.

Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, last gave a television interview when he spoke to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on May 4th.

Prior to his recent absence from the airwaves, Fauci was regularly appearing on national news programs to update the American people on the country’s fight against the coronavirus.

While Fauci has been on “modified quarantine” after possible exposure to the virus, he has still been present at the White House and testified remotely before the Senate last week.

Dire Situation In Alabama Capital: ICUs Full, Coronavirus Cases Double In May

That’s weird. I thought Trump said everything was ok now.

The mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, says the city’s health care system has been “maxed out” as cases of coronavirus have more than doubled in May—a sharp contrast to the slowing coronavirus spread that’s taken place across much of the U.S.—while city businesses were allowed to reopen May 11, even as it appeared that Alabama hadn’t hit White House reopening guidelines.

The state appeared to hit a plateau in hospitalizations in April, with numbers dropping during the middle of the month compared with the start of April. But things started to swing in the other direction by the start of May, with the 706 reported hospitalizations on Monday the highest single day total since the coronavirus pandemic spread to Alabama. Though the confirmed number of coronavirus cases has spiked in several areas of the nation — perhaps most notably in Texas — that can largely be attributed to an increase in testing.