Face masks no replacement for distance amid coronavirus -Fauci

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WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) - Wearing a face mask is not a substitute for physical distancing and other coronavirus mitigation measures, the nation's top infectious disease official said on Friday, as the Trump administration readies its formal recommendation on such coverings.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Fox News in an interview American must continue to lean into physical separation recommendations for the rest of the month, saying he had "no doubt" they would help turn around the crisis.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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