Although nearly 30 countries have reported declining trends in coronavirus cases, Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned the nation not to abandon its collective guard during the ongoing pandemic with the onset of flu season.
“We have to fight and get through this fall and winter because it won’t be easy,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Thursday during a group of doctors at Harvard Medical School, NBC News reported.
The disease has claimed more than 190,000 lives in the United States, which has more than 6 million confirmed cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
But these are only registered infections, so the real number may be much higher. Many may have been infected without knowing it, as the CDC estimates that about 40 percent of people show no symptoms, even though they have an error, CNN reported.
On Thursday, New York State marked its 34th consecutive day with an infection rate below 1
The best infectious disease expert in the United States also mentioned the possibility of jumping after Labor Day, noting that when a region of the country puts it under control, another hot spot emerges – especially in states where restrictions on social exclusion have been lifted. .
“It’s really quite depressing to see him because you know what’s coming,” Fauci said.
Fauci – one of the world’s leading AIDS researchers – compares the outbreak to the early days of HIV, when the epidemic began with a few gays until decades later with tens of millions of deaths and more than 70 million infected.
“We’ve experienced this before,” he said. “Never, ever underestimate the potential of a pandemic. And don’t try to look at the pink side of things. “
Fauci also said vaccination attempts were “progressing very well” as he reiterated his cautious optimism about a possible inoculation by the end of the year.
And when asked about the likelihood of a second wave of COVID-19, Fauci said, “I’m not talking about a second jump because we’re still in the first wave.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Deborah Birks, coordinator of the White House coronavirus working group, called for people to be screened after the holiday weekend if they communicate closely, CNN reported.
An CDC ensemble estimates that between 205,000 and 217,000 people in the United States will die by October 3.