Fauci says normality could only come back 'within a year or so' as the country faces a spike in coronavirus infections
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will appear at the White House in Washington DC on April 1, 2020.
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The White House Infectious Disease Expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that normality can only return "within a year or so" as the country sees an increase in new coronavirus infections.
In an interview with the UK-based Telegraph, Fauci raised concerns about the ongoing protests that are sweeping the nation and could become hotspots for COVID-19 infections.
Fauci's comments come from the fact that coronavirus cases are on the rise in more than a dozen US states, prompting some governors to rethink their plans to reopen.
Several states, including Oregon and Nevada, have closed several plans to reopen as they investigate the new surge in coronavirus cases.
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The White House Infectious Disease Expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned of waves of coronavirus infections in the coming months and this normality will only return "within a year or so".
In a Telegraph interview released on Sunday, Fauci said he was concerned about the ongoing protests that the nation - and the world - had witnessed after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died during a police arrest
The mass meetings had the potential to become hotspots for coronavirus infections. "I'm worried that it will happen. I hope the states can mitigate that. It [the virus] could go on and on for a few cycles."
I would hope to get back to normal within a year or so. But I don't think it's this winter or fall, we'll see it a little longer, he said. "
Fauci's comments come as coronavirus cases are increasing in more than a dozen US states, prompting some governors to rethink their plans to reopen.
"We managed to suppress the virus in cities that had major outbreaks - New York, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans," said Dr. Fauci. "But we see several conditions trying to reopen and return to normal and are beginning to see early signs that infections are higher than before.
At least 21 states in the country saw an increase in their average daily incidence of new corona viruses, according to The Washington Post, with Alabama, Oregon and South Carolina seeing some of the largest increases.
In Florida, Saturday's coronavirus cases increased 35% from the previous day to 2,581 cases. The Sunshine State has now reached a total of 73,552.
It was the third record jump in three days in a row in new COVID-19 cases, The Miami Herald reported. The Republican Party plans to hold its congress in the state in August.
On Thursday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced a one-week postponement of reopening requests.
In a statement quoted in Reuters, Brown said, "This is essentially a nationwide 'yellow light'. It is time to take a week off before another reopening."
In Utah, Governor Gary Herbert ordered most of the state to stop reopening by June 26, while in some cases a new top was under investigation.
"I don't want to go forward and then take a step back," Herbert said Friday, according to Reuters.
Speaking to CNN earlier this week, Fauci told CNN that the country would see an increase in infection rates as economies reopened. However, when states see "more [COVID-19] hospitalizations," it is a sign that it is. going in the wrong direction. "
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new coronavirus guidelines that promote the coverage of fabric faces while participating in major events such as demonstrations or political rallies.
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