The coronavirus cases continue to rise in America and the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci, made a statement in this regarding saying it might take another year for things to go back to normal.
The US is in the process of developing a vaccine, which may be ready by the end of the year. However, a huge number of people may not be vaccinated until late 2021.
According to John Hopkins University, the number of daily cases has increased exponentially this month. Fauci also informs the audience at a Q&A session that the country has 70,000 cases per day on average which is an alarming rate.
The average number of cases has risen by 21% only this week, whereas testing of the coronavirus has only increased by 6.63% hence the numbers reported are not only because of increased testing.
The dean of the Brown University of Public Health also commented on the matter, saying that nearly two months ago they had 35,000 cases per day and she would not be surprised at all if the number grew to 100,000 cases a day.
A medicine professor at George Washington University has said that by the time the country is out of the woods, more than half a million people will be dead.
Fauci is also emphasizing on wearing masks. He believes that masks have been politicized way too much and insists people to step away from this concept and if they do not want another lockdown, then they should at least do the bare minimum and wear a mask.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicts that the death toll will reach 2,000 by the start of next year. Moreover, throughout the pandemic, 8.8 million people have been infected with more than 227,000 dead.
Hospital capacity is also becoming a major issue in many states. Gov. Jared Polis insists that if they do not change their behavior towards the pandemic, hospital capacity will exceed by the end of 2020.
The chief operating officer of the federal government’s coronavirus response has announced that they are going to ensure that the vaccine is distributed equally to all states and after that, the states will be responsible for individual distribution.
However, the former Health and Human Services secretary disagrees with this approach, saying that it will lead to a lot of confusion and might also result in inequitable distribution.