Dr. “We need to get down and get through this fall and winter, because it’s not easy,” Anthony Fauci said on Thursday.
“I keep looking at that curve and I get more depressed and depressed about the fact that we’ll never really get below the baseline that I would like,” he said.
Where do we stand now
Around the US, 28 states are showing a downward trend in their cases – including Florida and California – compared to last week and 14 states are tracking steady.
“I don’t think it will really take much to get us back to 70,000 new cases a day,” Dr. Peter Hotz, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, previously told CNN.
White House Coronovirus Task Force Coordinator Drs. Deborah Birks urged people to take the test after the holiday weekend if they maintain social intimacy to avoid further community spread.
What would help here
Former Commissioner of US Food and Drug Administration Drs. Scott Gottlieb told CBS that earlier this week the vaccine would have a wider reach this year, saying “it’s extremely low.”
But until the US does not have the vaccine, there are still ways to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Face covering is the most powerful tool to fight transmission.
According to one expert, the country’s biggest error in the epidemic was not getting enough Americans to wear masks.
“When you look at countries where mortality is a fraction of that in the United States, the general theme from the onset of the epidemic was universal masking,” Dr. Jonathan Rayner, CNN medical analyst and professor of medicine for George. University of Washington, said.
Infected college students should not be sent home
The University of Texas at Austin announced this week that they have three confirmed clusters on campus that collectively account for about 100 positive cases of the virus. San Diego State University confirmed about 400 infections among students earlier this week, announcing a ban on in-person instruction several days later.
And more than 1,300 Arizona State University students have tested positive for the virus since August 1.
Colleges and universities should try to isolate infected students rather than send them home, Fauci has said.
“You send them back to their community, you will briefly meet again with individuals who are able to spread the infection to many communities across the country,” he said earlier this week.
“So that’s a lot, it’s better to have the ability to put them in a place where they can recover comfortably.”
Shelby Lynn Erdmann, Gisela Crespo, KY Jones and Lauren Mascarenhas of CNN contributed to this report.