The greatest infectious disease expert in the United States, dr. Anthony Fauci testified before the Senate on Tuesday about the government’s coronavirus efforts as cases continue to rise and states across the country reverse their reopening efforts.
He did so after the White House insisted that the epidemic had been reduced to “embers”, but after the chief deputy director of the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anne Schuchat, insisted: “This is really the beginning”
“What we hope is that we can take it seriously and slow down the transmission,” Schuchat told the Journal of the American Medical Association, adding: “Right now we have too many viruses across the country for this, so it’s very discouraging.
Schuchat added that “there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country” that the pandemic would end by the summer.
“We’re not even starting to get over this,” said Schuchat. “There are many worrying factors about the last week or so.
“We are not in the situation of New Zealand, Singapore or Korea, where a new case is quickly identified and all contacts are traced and people are isolated who are sick and exposed people are placed in quarantine and can keep things under control “.
On Capitol Hill, Fauci and other senior advisors were to offer an update to the health committee on progress in enabling Americans to return to work and school. Congress is reportedly considering sending a second round of stimulus checks to Americans, with the United States firmly in recession and historically high unemployment demands.
The United States accounts for 4% of the world’s population, but accounts for approximately 25% of all Covid-19 deaths and cases.
The United States has recorded over 2.5 million confirmed cases, with some states recording record hikes. On Monday, the governor of Arizona ordered the closure of bars, cinemas, gyms and water parks for a month, weeks after the reopening.
Texas, Florida and California, all on the rise in Covid-19 cases, have withdrawn reopening efforts. Oregon and Kansas have ordered people to wear masks in public.
New daily cases are on the rise in 38 states, according to NPR Pandemic pursuer, but the White House continues its attempts to minimize Covid-19’s severity. During a briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany ignored the wave.
“The people who get infected tend to be those – as Vice President Pence observed – half of those who test positive are under 35 years old. This means that we are capturing people in their communities,” he said.
He added: “We are aware that there are embers that must be put out.”
Fauci said Sunday that the United States is unlikely to achieve coronavirus immunity even with a vaccine, as a third of Americans say they do not receive it.
“There is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine sentiment among some people in this country – an alarming percentage of people, relatively speaking,” said Fauci, adding that the government has “a lot of work to do.” To educate people about vaccines.
States where the rate of new infections have gone down are also rethinking plans to allow businesses to reopen. New Jersey has postponed plans to allow indoor meals, while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it could reverse plans to allow restaurants and bars to reopen.
Broadway theaters will remain closed until January 2021, an industry group said on Monday. Theaters had planned to reopen in September.
People in the United States should be banned from non-essential travel to the European Union when they publish a “safe list” of countries on Tuesday. Russia and Brazil, each with increasing coronavirus cases, are among the other countries to be excluded from the list.