Dr. Fauci Warns New Surge of Covid-19 Possible
The White House’s Chief Science Officer and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned that the number of new Covid-19 cases has plateaued at a “disturbingly high level,” and the U.S. is at risk from a new surge.
We’re a long way from the 150,000 to 200,000 daily averages of new Covid-19 infection in the United States. On Wednesday, there were still more than 61,000 new cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the lack of continued significant decreases in infections is a concern, particularly given the spread of variants.
At present, Five states account for 43% of the country’s new Covid-19 cases in the past week and Fauci say’s
“It’s almost a race between getting people vaccinated and this surge that seems to want to increase.”
Fauci added that Europe is experiencing a spike much like the one experts worry about taking place here in the United States. In fact, the Director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Paula Walensky, on Wednesday confirmed that the U.K. variant is the most common coronavirus in the U.S….
“Based on our most recent estimates from CDC surveillance, the B.1.1.7 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the United States,” Walensky said at the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing.
The U.S. is vaccinating people quickly, with just over 33% of the population -- more than 109 million people have received at least one dose of one of the three vaccines being distributed. Daily vaccinations are now approaching 3 million a day, and all 50 states committed to opening vaccinations to all adults by April 19, thanks to President Biden announcing an accelerated schedule this week.
Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday, said the rapid rollout of vaccinations taking place is considered by her and most health experts as the primary reason behind the decrease in Covid-19 fatalities.
Despite the widely lauded execution of getting American’s vaccinated, the pace of getting vaccines into the arms of Americans will need to keep accelerating. Now that the virus variant was first identified in the United Kingdom, known to be more transmissible and believed to be more deadly, it is the most common in the U.S., according to Dr. Walensky.
To fight the variant, Dr. Fauci continues to urge Americans to get vaccinated and stick to preventative measures.
“Hang in there a bit longer. Now is not the time, as I’ve said so many times, to declare victory prematurely.”
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