Dr. Fauci warns the US will see a spike in Covid circumstances after the vacations
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, the United States, on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
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The United States is likely to see a “spike in Covid-19 cases” after Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season as a multitude of shoppers and holiday celebrations threaten to fuel an already angry outbreak, White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci Tuesday.
“If you look at the US, we are in a public health crisis right now,” Fauci told Colorado Governor Jared Polis during a livestream session Tuesday. “Now that we are in mid to late fall and transitioning into winter, we have seen an increase that has truly surpassed the others due to a variety of circumstances.”
Covid-19 cases were on the rise even before Thanksgiving, when more than 3 million people traveled through the country’s airports. This was the busiest weekend touring since the lockdown orders arrived in mid-March. For weeks, public health experts warned that the looming winter could be the “darkest” part of the pandemic yet.
Given the number of people who have traveled for Thanksgiving and dined with family and friends, the U.S. is likely to see a surge in Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks, Fauci said.
The U.S. had an average of 162,364 new Covid-19 per day for the past week, a drop in coverage that experts say could be temporary as health departments process a backlog of cases from vacation, according to a CNBC analysis of the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
“One of the things to keep in mind is that when we are two to three weeks after Thanksgiving, we will likely … see the curve that has flattened go back again, unless the people really have done a considerable amount of mitigation, “said Fauci.
The US is not out of the woods after Thanksgiving. The next 30 days or more will be a time of “precarious risk” as some people start buying Christmas gifts from the store and throwing parties for New Years Eve, Fauci warned.
More and more people are now contracting the virus. According to the COVID Tracking Project, carried out by journalists in the Atlantic, more than 93,000 patients with Covid-19 were hospitalized on Monday. This is a record since the pandemic began. According to Hopkins data, the coronavirus kills an average of more than 1,400 people a day in the US.
“That’s pretty problematic and to say it’s a challenge means to say the least,” said Fauci.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, reiterated that the US should have enough Covid-19 vaccines for the general population by April 2021. It is possible that an “overwhelming majority” of Americans could be vaccinated against the disease. The second quarter of next year allowed schools to return and businesses to reopen safely in the fall.