November 29, 2020 | 11:30 p.m.
The country’s top epidemiologist said Sunday that the United States could see an “increase” in the corona virus in the coming weeks, and he did not expect current recommendations surrounding social distance before Christmas to be relaxed.
“When you have any intrusion that we have, it will not suddenly return like that,” Dr. Anthony Fucci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC’s “This Week”. “Clearly in the next few weeks, we’m going to get the same thing. Maybe even two or three weeks down … we’ll see an upsurge on a rise.”
Fucci also appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, where he made similar comments, saying people who return home after Thanksgiving wear masks to help prevent the spread of the virus by staying away and avoiding others. Large groups of people.
“So we know we can do something about it, especially now that we’re coming to the cold season, as the Christmas holidays approach,” he said.
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the United States rose to 200,000 on Friday for the first time. As of November 20, it was 196,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Since January, when the first infections were reported in the United States, the total number of cases in the country has surpassed 13 million. More than 265,000 have died.
Fossie said the arrival of vaccines provides “light at the end of the tunnel”. This week, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Procedures will meet with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the release of the vaccine, he said.
He said President-elect Joe Biden should focus on distributing vaccines “efficiently and equally.” Fassi also said he plans to push the new administration into a rigorous testing program.
“We need to go beyond the symptomatic ones and have a better understanding of the asymptomatic spread,” he said.
Health workers will be one of the first to be vaccinated, soon.
“We are, of course, going to vaccinate a portion of individuals first priority by the end of December, then we will be coming more and more in January and February and March,” he said.
“So, if we as a nation can hang together and do these kinds of things to blunt these diseases, we can get this, until a significant portion of the population is vaccinated.”
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