The top infectious disease expert in the country said Monday he predicts there will be another coronavirus outbreak in the fall, but expects the United States to be better prepared to combat the virus.
“In fact, I would anticipate that that would actually happen because of the degree of transmissibility,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said when asked about a possible reemergence of the virus in the fall during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.
Fauci added, however, that if another outbreak were to occur, things “are going to be very, very different.”
“Our ability to go out and be able to test, identify, isolate, and contact trace, will be orders of magnitude better than what it was just a couple months ago,” Fauci said.
Fauci said by fall treatments for the coronavirus would hopefully be ready for use. He said by then it’s important the government has a vaccine “that’s on track, and multiple other candidates.”
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“What we’re going through right now is going to be more than just lessons learned, it’s going to be things that we have available to use that we did not have before,” Fauci said.
The U.S. currently leads the rest of the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. More than 164,000 cases have been confirmed across the country with more than 3,000 deaths.
Globally, more than 800,000 cases have been confirmed with more than 38,000 fatalities.
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