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Dr. Fauci Says Return of Sports Cannot Be Same Across U.S.

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What's it going to take to get sports back up and running?

Dr. Fauci joins TheStreet to talk about what we need to see in order to see safe return of sports.

"I always answer the question with sort of the same answer. That we've, obviously, got to be very careful and attentive to the fact that the risk of transmitting when you have people congregated in crowds without masks, and even with masks congregation, still is a risk. The mask mitigates that risk a bit, but you still, as best as possible, to stay out of crowded situations and keep a physical distance. The issue is that the United States is a very large country. And it's a heterogeneous country. It is not uni-dimensional. So it's difficult to make statements about the United States as a whole. Because when you look at things, you make decisions regarding exposure, or potential exposure to the virus, based on the dynamics and the extent of the virus in any given location. And when I say location, I say, region, state, city, town, county, or what have you," Fauci said.

And of course, different areas have been hit differently.

"So you can't look at the United States just in a unit-dimensional way. It's very different if you're in an area like New York City, where you have a lot of people and you'd been hit very badly. Right now, they're doing much, much better. But if you were in a situation where you had a high degree of activity, versus a county, somewhere in Wyoming, with this very little infection, you've got to look at what's going on now. We know that, right now, there are several areas where there are upticks in infection. We've seen that places like California, places like Arizona, places like North Carolina, and others. And there are more than those states that are doing that. You have to be extra special careful," said Fauci.

"So, therefore, when you talk about sports, you got to be talking about what's the level of infection. And people are going to be doing things that are going to be creative. They're not my models. I believe the executives of the various sports are in good faith, trying to figure out a way how they can get the sports back up without endangering the health and the welfare of the American public. And that could be anything from not having a season. Which nobody wants. Everybody would like to see some sports," he continued.

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