USA could see 100,000 new coronavirus per day, Anthony Fauci warns Congress

Henrietta Brewer
July 1, 2020

The dire messaging reinforced concerns about the U.S. ability to rein in a pandemic that has claimed some 126,000 American lives.

"We saw visually in clips and in photographs of individuals in the community doing an all or none phenomenon, which is unsafe", he said.

Asked to forecast the outcome of recent surges in some states, Fauci said he can't make an accurate prediction but believes it will be "very disturbing".

Now, as some states see the number of cases tick up dramatically, political leaders are actually reversing some of those original reopenings.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, center, speaks as Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, left, listen during a news conference with members of the Coronavirus task force at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020.

The surge - which is occurring particularly strongly in southern and western states - has forced at least 16 states to pause or reverse their reopening plans, according to CNN. "We're going to continue to be in a lot of trouble, and there's going to be a lot of hurt if that does not go away". "When states start to try and open again, they need to follow the guidelines that have been very carefully laid out with regard to checkpoints".

Some parts of the country are now seeing alarming spikes in COVID-19 cases as the chickens come home to roost from states' reopening efforts.

Florida, in particular, reported 9,585 cases on Saturday - a single-day record since the pandemic began.

"This is really the beginning", Dr Schuchat added. "I think we need to emphasize the responsibility we have both as individuals and as part of a societal effort to ending the epidemic". Everything's going to be fine.

The United States government's top infectious diseases expert on Tuesday warned that daily COVID-19 cases could more than double if Americans fail to take countermeasures and cautioned against pinning hopes on a vaccine.

Dr Fauci warned on Monday that the United States is "unlikely" to develop herd immunity to the coronavirus even once a vaccine is available, which he earlier predicted could be available by early 2021.

He said the vaccine would be only 70 percent to 75 percent effective because many Americans refuse to get it.

"There is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country - an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking", he said, calling for more education to promote confidence in vaccines. "We have an obligation to use all of our scientific knowledge, our regulatory framework to ensure that any vaccine that comes before us, whether for authorization or approval, meets our stringent standards for safety and effectiveness".

Other reports by iNewsToday