The United States is “facing a lot of trouble” as coronavirus cases continue to grow across the country, targeting the cold winter months, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s largest infectious disease expert on Monday.
The United States reported more than 44,600 new cases on Sunday, and the seven-day average rose to more than 49,200 new cases a day, up more than 14 percent from a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The average daily cases increased by more than 5% in 36 states and the District of Columbia, according to the CNBC analysis.
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“It’s a bad place to be when you’re entering cooler autumn and colder winter weather,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The News in an interview with Shepard Smith. “We’re in a bad place. Now we have to turn this around.”
Fauci, who is also a member of the White House Working Group on Coronavirus, added that the percentage of tests that return positive or the degree of test positive increases in states in the Midwest and Northwest. This figure is seen as an early indicator of a growing epidemic that will lead to “more cases and ultimately more hospitalizations and ultimately more deaths,” Fauci said.
According to the population, many of the countries with the most new infections are in the Midwest and Northwest. The Dakota, Montana and Wisconsin report the most new cases per capita in the country, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data.
Rising cases and indications of growing outbreaks in much of the country are particularly worrying as the weather gets colder in the northern United States. During the colder months, people are expected to spend more time indoors, and this could be “the perfect setting to speed up respiratory illness,” Fautsi added.
Fauci said there are five basic public health protocols that “could certainly reverse the peaks we see and can prevent new leaps.” He said universal use of masks, maintaining physical distance, avoiding crowds, doing more things outdoors and washing hands often would help stop the spread of the virus.
“I have a great deal of faith in the American people, and their ability to realize what we are facing is a significant problem,” Fauci said. “We are talking about using public health measures as a means or a door to maintain the openness of the country, to maintain the economy. This is not an obstacle.”
Fauci, who recently said he did not agree to be included in an advertisement for Trump’s campaign, which appears to advertise the president’s attitude to the pandemic, added that he intends to remain in his position to see the pandemic, regardless of won the November 3 US presidential election.
“This is a very important issue. I have dedicated my entire professional life to the fight against infectious diseases. It is a focus of historical proportions, similar to what we have not seen in 102 years,” Fauci said. “I will not move away from this hearth, no matter who the president is.”