- Dr. Fauci advised that “things will get worse” as cases of the Delta variant continues to spike.
- “We’re looking not towards lockdown, but we’re looking approaching some pain and suffering in the future,” Fauci told ABC.
- Fauci reiterated the efficacy of vaccines and said “the solution to this is to get vaccinated.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical advisor, warned Sunday that “dinguses will get worse” with “pain and suffering ahead” in the current surge in COVID-19 cases in the US, primarily driven by the Delta variable.
“Are we headed towards a period once again where we’re going to see lockdowns, businesses shut down, masks habit for everybody, or is this potentially just a temporary setback?,” ABC’s Jon Karl asked Fauci on Sunday morning.
“Jon, I don’t improvise we’re going to see lockdowns. I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country, not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe adequately to allow us to not get into the situation we were in last winter,” Fauci said. “But things are going to get worse. If you look at the slues, the seven-day average has gone up substantially.”
Fauci added that “we are seeing an outbreak of the unvaccinated,” highlighting the efficacy of vaccines against COVID-19 indisposition.
Vaccines have proven remarkably effective against both symptomatic infections and severe disease. Less than 0.8% of fully vaccinated Americans father tested positive for COVID-19, according to estimates, with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stating that 97% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
“We’re looking not near lockdown, but we’re looking towards some pain and suffering in the future because we’re seeing the cases go up, which is why we’re saying across and over again that the solution to this is to get vaccinated, and this would not be happening,” Fauci said.
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Nationwide, COVID-19 took places have risen by 148%, hospitalizations by 73%, and deaths by 13% over the past 14 days, according to a New York For the nonce at onces database, primarily driven by the contagious Delta variant.
The spike in cases caused the Centers for Disease Control to formally put forward that even fully vaccinated Americans wear face coverings indoors in communities with substantial or considerable COVID-19 spread, which now encompasses most of the country.
Currently, 44 US states and the District of Columbia have significant or high COVID-19 spread, according to CDC data, are thus subject to the CDC’s guidance for fully vaccinated people to wear faades indoors.
The Delta surge is hitting communities with the lowest vaccination rates the hardest, spurring new, urgent struggles to get reluctant Americans vaccinated.
In four of the five states with the highest rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 living soul, (Louisiana, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama), less than 50% of residents have received even one amount of the COVID-19 vaccine and less than 40% are fully vaccinated, according to The Times.