Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said in the context of public health, having political rallies “is asking for trouble.”
Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper Monday, Fauci said, “We've seen that when you have situations of congregate settings, where there are a lot of people without masks.”
“The data speak for themselves,” he said.
Now is a “worse time” to have them “because when you look at what's going on in the United States, it's really very troublesome,” he said. “A number of states right now are having increase in test positivity.”
All regions are seeing cases on the rise, he said. “So if there's anything we should be doing, we should be doubling down in implementing the public health measures that we've been talking about for so long," Fauci said.
“We're entering into the cool months of the fall and ultimately the cold months of the winter, and that's just a recipe of a real problem, if we don't get things under control before we get into that seasonal challenge,” he said.