Dec. 28, 2020 — Anthony Fauci, MD, says the coronavirus pandemic could worsen in coming months, together with a post-holiday surge in circumstances.
In an interview on CNN, Fauci was requested if he thought “the worst was but to come back.” He stated, “I do.”
“We very effectively would possibly see a post-seasonal — within the sense of Christmas, New 12 months’s — surge, and, as I’ve described it, as a surge upon a surge,” stated Fauci, the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses.
Fauci stated vacation journey may trigger a spike in circumstances. In addition to exposing themselves at airports, vacationers normally combine households after they arrive at their locations, he stated. Although well being authorities urge individuals to not journey, “it’s going to occur,” Fauci stated.
“We’re actually at a really important level. … So I share the priority of President-elect (Joe) Biden that as we get into the subsequent few weeks, it’d truly worsen,” Fauci stated.
Biden not too long ago stated that the “darkest days” within the coronavirus pandemic are forward and urged People to organize themselves for a tough battle. Fauci has agreed to function Biden’s high well being adviser.
December has already been the toughest month for the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA.
Greater than 65,000 individuals have died of coronavirus-related causes to this point this month, in comparison with solely about 37,000 in November, based on the Covid Monitoring Mission. Hospitalizations are up, with greater than 100,000 individuals within the hospital per day since Dec. 2.
Total, there have been greater than 19 million confirmed circumstances in the USA and greater than 333,000 COVID-related deaths — essentially the most of any nation on this planet.
COVID-19 vaccinations ought to convey the pandemic beneath management, however it can take many months for the USA to develop herd immunity, Fauci stated. Well being care staff and residents of long-term care amenities are the highest precedence teams receiving the vaccine.
“I hope that by the point we get to the autumn we are going to attain that important proportion of those who we are able to actually begin excited about a return to some type of normality,” Fauci stated.
Fauci, who simply turned 80, obtained a COVID-19 vaccination not too long ago. He stated he had no uncomfortable side effects apart from arm soreness for about 24 hours.