The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 worldwide rose above 34 million on Thursday with the U.S. accounting for about a fifth of that total, as Dr. Anthony Fauci hit back at claims made by President Donald Trump during Tuesday’s presidential debate on face masks.
Trump said Fauci, who is head of the Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said “masks are not good — and then changed his mind.” In a podcast recorded for ABC News, Fauci refuted that claim.
“Anybody who has been listening to me over the last several months knows that a conversation does not go by where I do not strongly recommend that people wear masks,” he said. The podcast will be available in full on Thursday, according to ABC.
Fauci reminded listeners