American's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday warned that extended lockdowns intended to slow down the spread of coronavirus could cause "irreparable damage."
"We can't stay locked down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences, including consequences for health," Fauci said in an interview on CNBC.
Fauci explained the U.S. had to institute strict stay-at-home orders at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, but believes the lockdowns can now begin to be lifted in several parts of the country.
"I don't want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go," Fauci said. "But now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to begin to seriously look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree of normal."