According to the renowned immunologist Anthony Fauci, the corona pandemic is expected to worsen by the end of the year in the USA. It is not too late to take countermeasures, but due to the Thanksgiving holiday and more travel, a further increase in new infections can be expected, Fauci told NBC on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, what we expect with a look to the next few weeks in December is that we could have a new wave – in addition to the one we are already in,” said Fauci.
The health authorities have asked to avoid larger meetings for Thanksgiving, “as difficult as that is,” said Fauci. But people didn’t all stick to it.
“I don’t want to scare people. It’s not too late to do something, ”said Fauci. He advised that when traveling after the Thanksgiving holiday, you should follow necessary precautions such as wearing masks and keeping your distance.
Experts like Fauci had already anticipated an increase in infections across the country on Thursday with the holiday Thanksgiving, the most important family celebration for Americans, due to many trips and family get-togethers. The same applies to the upcoming Christmas holidays, said Fauci. The prominent immunologist is also a member of the White House’s corona working group.
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The authorities in the USA recently reported an average of around 160,000 confirmed new infections every day. In the country with around 330 million inhabitants, there have been more than 13 million known infections since the beginning of the pandemic, and more than 266,000 people have died. No other country in the world has so many known infections and deaths.
According to the Ministry of Health, around 90,000 people across the country are currently being treated in hospitals for the Covid-19 disease caused by the virus.
“Fear that everything will be ruined”
In the United States, states have taken the lead in containing the pandemic, so there are many different approaches. Some states and districts rely on strict conditions, others rely on the citizens’ personal responsibility.
Regardless of the rules of their own state, the head of the Corona Working Group of the White House, Deborah Birx, appealed to people to take the danger seriously and to adhere to precautions such as wearing masks. “To all Americans: Now is the time to protect yourself and your families,” said Birx in an interview with the broadcaster CBS.
“It looked like the situation in the northern large states would ease,” Birx said. “But now we are afraid that everything will be wiped out because of Thanksgiving.” The number of cases are “three, four and ten times” as high as in the second wave after the Memorial Day weekend at the end of May. (with dpa)