Fauci says US might not see 'second wave' of Covid-19 cases
Leading US public health expert and coronavirus task force member of the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the US may not see a "second wave" of cases of Covid-19.
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, the U.S. has registered more than 2 million cases of Covid-19 and nearly 115,000 deaths.
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Many experts fear that attempts to reopen closed economies and mass protests against police brutality and structural racism could in some cases contribute to a second surge.
But Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has been banned from the White House since April after breaking with Donald Trump's position on reopening the economy, told CNN on Friday that the increase in cases in several states isn't necessarily indicative of a "second spike" of infections.
"If the number of hospital stays increases, this is a surefire situation that you need to pay special attention to," said Fauci.
"It is not inevitable that you will have a so-called" second wave "in the fall, or even a massive surge if you approach it properly," he added, advising people to maintain social distance and continue wearing masks in public .
According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 80% of Americans were isolated themselves in the past month, and 74% either always or frequently wore facial covers in public. New York and Los Angeles residents did this in about 90% of cases.
Last week, 19 states, including Texas, South Carolina, Utah, Arizona, North Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Oregon, California, Nevada and Florida, reported seven-day moving highs for new Covid-19 infections.
In Arkansas, for example, Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, announced a record number of cases in the past 24 hours on Friday. In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown, a democrat, spent seven days trying to lift social restrictions.
In Maryland, Baltimore announced that it would not enter the second phase of the planned reopening.
In a statement, Mayor Bernard Young said: "Let me be crystal clear with everyone: I would like to see the city of Baltimore open and safe more than almost anyone else, but the dates just don't tell us at that time. "
The CDC said it could not confirm reports of a remarkable increase in coronavirus hospitalizations, but would "closely monitor" the numbers.
Such developments shook the stock markets on Thursday before recovering slightly on Friday.
Some experts have become more optimistic that a vaccine against Covid-19 can be developed quickly.
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"I think science is on our side," former CDC director Julie Gerberding told CNN.
But she warned, "It doesn't say anything about speed, security, durability, and all the other criteria that need to come into play before we have something we can count on to give us this immunity to the population. "
In New York City, mass protests have raised fears that the virus will reappear in the American pandemic center. But new infections are now at their lowest across the US.
"We were the No. 1 state in terms of infections ... and now we are the last state in terms of transmission rates," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday. "This is because the New Yorkers rose. You were smart. You were disciplined. They did what they had to do and we have to stay there. "
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