With more people vaccinated against COVID-19 every day, there has been talk of when the restrictions that we have adhered to for a year can be lifted, so that we can get a taste of normal life again. While numerous states in the US have begun to reduce mask mandates and increase capacity requirements, experts such as the Director of the CDC Rochelle Walensky, MD and White House COVID Advisor Anthony Fauci, MD, have been warning that it is too early to make these moves. But that begs the question: when will be Would it be safe to go back to something close to normal? In a March 4 interview on CNN The Lead with Jake tapper, Fauci gave a clear timeline as to when it will be safe to remove COVID restrictions. And in order for us to get there, we have to reduce COVID cases to a specific number. Read on to find out what that is, and for more vaccine news, check out CDC Just Warned About 3 New Vaccine Side Effects.
Fauci wants to assure the American public that this will not be forever. “We will be be backing down, “he said on the subject of easing restrictions.” We are now up to about 2 million vaccinations per day. That means that each day that passes, each week that passes, you have more and more people protected. “
Right now, it’s the plateau of new case numbers that Fauci is concerned about – the seven-day average for daily new COVID-19 cases as of March 5 was roughly 61,169.
Tapper asked Fauci: “When would be the right time to reopen businesses at full capacity? When would be the right time to remove the masks? “The doctor’s response suggested that we need to stay alert for a while yet.” Well, I wouldn’t want to see a light switch go on and off regarding restrictions, Jake. I’d like to see, as we get the virus level down in the community it gets to a very low level, well well below 60,000 to 70,000 new infections, somewhere, I’ll just pick a number, even though there’s no good model there yet, but I’d say less than 10,000, and maybe even considerably less than that. “
The number has not dropped below 50,000 daily cases since mid-October 2020, and has been higher than 10,000 new cases per day since mid-March 2020. And to learn more about where the numbers are increasing right now, Check out the COVID numbers now they’re on the rise again in these 10 states.
New variants of the virus are in circulation, including the UK variant B.1.1.7, which now accounts for 2,672 cases in the US and has been found in 46 states, in addition to Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And Fauci said that that variant, and the South African variant and the Brazilian variant, is one of the reasons he’s concerned about our current trajectory.
“The other thing that bothers me and worries me a bit, Jake, is that we have circulating variants in the community … Some of them have higher transmission capacity, and some of them are less protected by vaccines, which means you want us to a person gets vaccinated to get that antibody level high enough so that they can have a cushion against the variant, if it turns out that they get infected with the variant, “he told Tapper. “So there are many reasons why you don’t want to withdraw right now. You want a plan that you can withdraw in a reasonable time, but not at a time when we have circulating variants and when they have what seems like a plateau on the decrease in cases daily. ” And for more information on where variants are spreading the fastest, see These 2 States are the Most Important Hotspots for the New COVID Strain.
The most recent evidence indicates that variant B.1.1.7 is between 43 and 90 percent more infectious than previous strains of the virus, reports CNN. During the interview, Tapper pointed to those estimates on the UK variant’s transferability rate and asked: “What could this mean in the US? Are we now going to enter a period where more people are infecting due to the UK variant? “
In response, Fauci said: “I think that if the public health measures are withdrawn, it may be possible. And that’s one of the reasons I keep saying that now is not the time to back down. Some of the news Encouragingly, it seems that the vaccines that are currently being distributed, the two million or so a day, actually work quite well against 1.1.7. Isolated UK, as we call it, which means a bigger incentive for people, when your turn comes up, please get vaccinated. “
Fauci reiterated that there are two things Americans can do to “continue a downward trend” in COVID cases: “one, comply with the public health measures that I have been talking about and others have, and, two, get vaccinated when the time comes. ” . “
He assured Americans that “we can open up the country, open up the economy. But now, we want that level of virus to be much, much lower than it is today.” And to get more COVID news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Texas and Mississippi recently announced that they were eliminating mask mandates and loosening capacity limits for businesses. In response, Fauci issued a warning to those states during a March 4 appearance on MSNBC. Good morning Joe. “I would advise the people of Texas and Mississippi to just abide by the public health measures that we talk about all the time: uniform wearing of masks, physical distancing, avoiding congregated settings, particularly indoors, washing hands frequently,” he said. . “We have to keep doing it because we know it works.”
The White House chief medical adviser also warned that we have already seen the disastrous effects that loosening public health restrictions at the wrong time can have. “That’s a bad sign, we’ve seen it before,” Fauci said, referring to the current plateau in new cases across the country. “We saw it last summer when we were trying to ‘open up the economy and open up the country,’ and then we had that big increase that we don’t want to repeat now. The right direction. Now is the time to keep your foot on the gas and not start. because what we don’t want is another wave. ” And if you are preparing to get vaccinated against the virus, know that the CDC says not to take this after your vaccination without a doctor’s authorization.