Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading face in the coronavirus pandemic, warned senators on Tuesday that areas that disregard government guidelines in reopening their economies risk "triggering an outbreak you may not be able to control."
Fauci, testifying remotely after being exposed to a White House staffer who tested positive for the virus, made his comments during testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Fauci said ignoring government guidelines could lead to "suffering and death" and set back plans to reopen the economy.
Roughly 81,000 have died from the coronavirus, but Fauci said he thought the actual number was higher.
Fauci also said that it was "entirely possible" that the coronavirus would return in the fall and that he hoped the country would have the capabilities to respond to an outbreak.
President Donald Trump said that he doesn't agree with Fauci's comments when it comes to reopening businesses and schools too quickly.
I was surprised by his answer, actually," President Trump said. "It's just -- to me it's not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools."
Jim Cramer said the country would benefit from a little more optimism from Fauci. "This is not his best rodeo, Cramer said."