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Anthony Fauci Stresses 'Fundamentals' to Fight Outbreaks

File photo of Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Reuters)

File photo of Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Reuters)

Dr Fauci told governors the fundamentals include the universal wearing of face masks, shutting bars, limiting indoor dining, avoiding crowds and frequent hand-washing.

The United States' top infectious disease expert says the best way to manage the surging coronavirus -- and prevent future outbreaks -- is by sticking to what he calls the "fundamentals".

Dr Anthony Fauci told the nation's governors that those include the universal wearing of face masks, shutting bars, limiting indoor dining, avoiding crowds and frequent hand-washing.

Fauci addressed governors Monday via videoconference with members of the White House coronavirus task focus. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the audio.

Task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx urged governors to watch for even the tiniest increase in the percentage of positive cases, saying it means an uptick is coming.