COVID-19: Dr Fauci says 'no return to normalcy' until 2021
USA's senior public health expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, said that the growing number of coronavirus cases was a definite cause for concern.
Warning the public that coronavirus is here to stay for atleast a few more months, Dr Anthony Fauci, The White House coronavirus task force’s most senior public health expert said that the growing caseload was worrying.
In an interview with MNBC, he said that it would probably take another year before life returns to a sense of “normality” in the US, even if a vaccine is developed and distributed in the upcoming months.
“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality, which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it’s gonna be well into 2021. Maybe even towards the end of 2021,” he said. He also said that the current caseload and disease-related numbers were all "deeply disturbing."
Fauci's statement is quite a contrast to President Doanld Trump's claim that a lot of good things are waiting to happen as the US is “rounding the corner” on the novel coronavirus.
And in context, folks— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) September 11, 2020
We're into 8 weeks of every weekday reporting more than 1,000 deaths. One day exception: 995 deaths last week.
“I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with that, because if you look at the thing that you just mentioned, the statistics, Andrea, they’re disturbing. We’re plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day and the deaths are around 1,000,” he said.
“When you have a baseline of infections that are 40,000 per day and you have threats of increased test positivity in certain regions of the country, such as the Dakotas and Montana and places like that … You don’t want to start off already with a baseline that’s so high,” he said. "I keep looking at that (reinfection) curve and I get more depressed and more depressed about the fact that we never really get down to the baseline that I’d like.”
Fauci's statement comes at a time when the US president has been accused of downplaying the pandemic, despite knowing how fatal the virus could be. A new book by Bob Woodward alleges that Trump has acknowledged downplaying the dangers of the deadly novel coronavirus as he did not want to create panic.
"I wanted to, I wanted to always play it down," Trump allegedly told Woodward in March, a recording of which was released by the veteran journalist to 'The Washington Post'. "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic." In another interview on February 7, the audio clip of which was posted by 'The Washington Post', Trump told the journalist that the coronavirus was deadlier than the flu and could be transmitted through the air.
"That's always tougher than the touch. You don't have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that's how it's passed," he said. "It's also more deadly than even your strenuous flus." As per the book, Trump insists to Woodward he would triumph over the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic calamity.
When asked about the aforementioned episode and the perils of Trump having downplayed the situation, Fauci said, "When you downplay something, it is really a threat and not a good thing.”
Dr. Fauci on @CNNSitRoom: it is very unlikely to get back to pre-#covid19 life before end of 2021. He's cautiously optimistic about having a safe & effective vaccine, but even if it's 70-75% effective, it still takes time to distribute--& we must still keep up hygiene measures— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) September 11, 2020
200,000 Americans have died of #COVID19 to date.— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) September 12, 2020
That’s an equivalent death toll of 66 consecutive September 11 attacks.
We need to end this crisis once and for all by electing a President who can stop the virus.
Let’s honor and #NeverForget all those we have lost. pic.twitter.com/9mGkQqrNrZ