Dec. 28, 2020 — Anthony Fauci, MD, says the coronavirus pandemic could worsen in coming months, together with a post-holiday surge in instances.
In an interview on CNN, Fauci was requested if he thought “the worst was but to come back.” He mentioned, “I do.”
“We very nicely 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,” mentioned Fauci, the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses.
Fauci mentioned vacation journey might trigger a spike in instances. In addition to exposing themselves at airports, vacationers normally combine households after they arrive at their locations, he mentioned. Regardless that well being authorities urge folks to not journey, “it’s going to occur,” Fauci mentioned.
“We’re actually at a really essential level. … So I share the priority of President-elect (Joe) Biden that as we get into the following few weeks, it’d really worsen,” Fauci mentioned.
Biden lately mentioned that the “darkest days” within the coronavirus pandemic are forward and urged People to arrange 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 US.
Greater than 65,000 folks have died of coronavirus-related causes thus far this month, in comparison with solely about 37,000 in November, in keeping with the Covid Monitoring Venture. Hospitalizations are up, with greater than 100,000 folks within the hospital per day since Dec. 2.
Total, there have been greater than 19 million confirmed instances in the US and greater than 333,000 COVID-related deaths — probably the most of any nation on the planet.
COVID-19 vaccinations ought to deliver the pandemic beneath management, however it can take many months for the US to develop herd immunity, Fauci mentioned. 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 essential share of those who we are able to actually begin fascinated by a return to some type of normality,” Fauci mentioned.
Fauci, who simply turned 80, acquired a COVID-19 vaccination lately. He mentioned he had no unwanted side effects in addition to arm soreness for about 24 hours.