Dec, 8th 2020 – Top US diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned of another surge in covid-19 cases after Christmas as the rise emanating from thanksgiving being tackled.
He says that the festive season may pose a greater challenge. The US is currently experiencing high infection rates of close to 200,000 daily on average with a record number in Hospitals.
Speaking at a press conference in New York alongside state Governor Andrew Cuomo, Fauci said, “If we don’t listen to the public health measures that we need to follow, then we could start to see things get really bad in the middle of January. Not only for New York state, but for any state or city that is facing similar problems.“
The state now records more than 14.7 million infections. 282,500 people have died, as revealed by the John Hopkins University. This has prompted California to impose new and more strict lockdown.
Since March, California has been under a stay at home order excluding essential services. This new order will last for at least three weeks, shutting all but critical infrastructure and retail operations, ban on private gatherings of any size, mandatory wear of masks and maintaining social distance.
Assistant Secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Admiral Brett blasted the new measures saying that the only way to end the transmission of the disease is through vaccination of majority of Americans.
This is a goal that according to Brett can be achieved by May or June of next year.
Dr. Fauci was asked by the president elect Joe Biden to be his Covid-19 chief medical adviser. Speaking to CNN, Fauci raised his concerns for the thanksgiving saying, “only this may be even more compounded because it’s a longer holiday.“