Maybe 2022 before US sees ‘some semblances of normality’

Top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that it might be 2022 until the U.S. sees “some semblances of normality.”



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Fauci: Maybe 2022 before US sees ‘some semblances of normality’

During a University of Melbourne panel discussion, Fauci said it’s possible a “substantial proportion of the people” won’t receive vaccination until the second or third quarter of next year, even with the U.S. getting a vaccine in the next few months.

“I think it will be easily by the end of 2021, and perhaps even into the next year, before we start having some semblances of normality,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.

“We’re not in a good place,” Fauci added. “Now we’re averaging about 70,000 [cases] a (day). That’s a bad position to be in.”

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He also encouraged Americans who want to avoid another shutdown to wear a mask.

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“If you don’t want to shut down, at least do the fundamental basic things, which are really the flagship of which is wearing a mask,” Fauci said. “We can’t have this very inconsistent wearing that you see, where you see some states that absolutely refuse to wear a mask.”

The top infectious disease expert’s comments come amid surging cases of coronavirus in the country, as the seven-day daily case count is measured at 75,522, according to The New York Times.

Johns Hopkins University reported that the average number of new cases is up 21 percent this week compared to last week. But testing has only jumped 6.63 percent in the same period, according to CNN analysis of the COVID Tracking Project, negating the argument that more testing is leading to more cases.

Several states are struggling with this month, with 29 documenting record single-day case counts and 11 measuring record single-day death counts since the beginning of the pandemic.

Forty states as of Wednesday recorded 10 percent more new cases this past week compared to the previous week, nine states remained steady and Missouri was the only state with 10 percent fewer cases in the past week when compared to the week before.

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Dr. Fauci Says It May Be Years Before America Feels a ‘Semblance of Normality’ Again

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told a Melbourne, Australia audience on Wednesday that it could be years before Americans are able to resume their lives normally amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.



a man holding his hand up to his mouth: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH testifies at a Senate Health, Education, and Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, Fauci said he believes it could be years before Americans can resume their lives normally.


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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH testifies at a Senate Health, Education, and Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, Fauci said he believes it could be years before Americans can resume their lives normally.

“I think it will be easily by the end of 2021 and perhaps into the next year before we start having some semblance of normality,” Fauci said during the University of Melbourne webinar.

“If normal means you can get people in a theatre without worrying about what we call congregate-setting super infections, if we can get restaurants to open almost at full capacity,” he added.

Fauci went on to explain that opening up the economy and maintaining public health safety is a “fine line” to walk.

“I firmly believe that you can continue to open to business [and] open up the country from an economic standpoint. But if you do that prudently with public health measures, that prevents surges of infection. We’ve seen it done before in countries and in sections of our own country,” he said.

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Fauci said that he believes a worldwide vaccine will be available within the next few months. However, a complicated mix of anti-vaccination beliefs and strong political divide could continue to make it difficult to contain the virus.

“Right now, there is a reluctance to take vaccines,” he said, adding that it was partly fueled by “mixed signals that are coming out from the government, that is not being very helpful.”

In a study conducted by CNBC/Change Research last month, only 42 percent of likely voters said they would probably or definitely get the vaccine when it is made available – a number that dropped 16 percentage points from July.

In addition to a vaccine, Fauci told the webinar that the development of antiviral drugs— which are being tested and studied in labs worldwide—could drastically shift the course of the pandemic by allowing patients to receive treatments as soon as they fall ill.

The infectious disease expert, who has been ridiculed by President Donald Trump over matters related to COVID-19, told the audience that experts should always be guided by science, and to not be afraid to stand up to politicians.

“You should always remember that in order to maintain your credibility, you should speak consistently based on the science. The science guides what we’re going to do and what we are doing,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fauci applauded Australia and New Zealand’s efforts to contain the virus, and said he wished the U.S. was on that same level.

“Australia is one of the countries that has done quite well. New

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