Coronavirus US: Fauci says it could be '2022' before things 'normal'

Henrietta Strickland
October 29, 2020

Dr Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious diseases expert, has warned the United States may not be back to normal until the end of 2021, or even later.

The number of daily coronavirus cases in the country is hitting record numbers, and it's a worrisome trend as we approach the winter months.

"The fact that two prominent national leaders such as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Neuzil were keynote speakers at the UAB COVID-19 Research Symposium speaks not only to the importance and timeliness of the topic but also to the critical role that UAB is playing in the effort to combat this pandemic", said Christopher Brown, Ph.D., vice president for Research at UAB.

He said that he was "very certain" there would be a vaccine in the next few months but it would take longer to roll out. "We never really cleared and got down to a very low baseline", stressed Dr. Fauci. He said that he and his colleagues would be happy with an end result where COVID-19 is prevented from being "clinically recognizable". Instead, it would only decrease a person's chances of having symptoms.

"The primary thing you want to do is that if people get infected, prevent them from getting sick, and if you prevent them from getting sick, you will ultimately prevent them from getting seriously ill", Fauci said.

Mitigation strategies such as wearing face masks, social distancing and avoiding large crowds will be important in preventing the spread of infection for "quite some time", Fauci said.

"We can do this". According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 489,000 new cases and around 5,700 deaths have been reported in the last seven days, with over 80,000 cases reported on a daily basis over the weekend. I would like to say the same for the USA, but the numbers speak for themselves. More than 225,000 people in the country have died due to COVID-19.

"If you just look at the numbers, I mean you can have opinions about what's going on but the data speak for themselves", Mr Fauci told BBC on Friday. It is followed by India, which has recorded 7.9 million cases, Brazil with 5.4 million cases, and Russian Federation with 1.5 million COVID-19 cases, Johns Hopkins University reported.

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