United States is “going in the wrong direction” in its effort to contain the novel coronavirus and daily case counts could rise to more than double if the situation is not addressed right now and behaviors don’t change, US infectious-disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday.
“We are not in control right now,” Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, warning that not enough Americans are wearing masks or following social distancing.
He also pinpointed at indoor gatherings, social gatherings in the bar, people standing shoulder to shoulder, and told the Senate that if this prevails in no time the Covid-19 surge would shoot up to 1,00,000 cases per day from 40,000 currently.
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He added that several southern and western states are currently seeing a surge in numbers and also indicated at the increased hospitalization. He emphasized that wide spread of COVID-19 cases has forced at least 16 states to pause or reverse their re-opening.
During the hearing, he said about half of all new cases are coming from four states only which include Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California.
Talking about the vaccine, Dr Fauci said that he’s “aspirationally hopeful” that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be ready by early 2021, though he cautioned that there’s no guarantee that a safe vaccine will be developed.
On Tuesday, cases in the US rose by more than 40,000 in one day for the fourth time in the past five days. Now the total tally stands at 2,630,387 with 32,032 deaths.