Fauci Says Deaths From Coronavirus In The United States Will Continue To Increase, Even As New Cases Stabilize

Fauci Says Deaths From Coronavirus In The United States Will Continue To Increase, Even As New Cases Stabilize

Washington — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease specialist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned Sunday that the coming week will be "bad" as the number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic continues to increase in the United States, even as the number of new cases is starting to stabilize in some places.

So the first thing we want to look for is to see on a daily basis are the number of new cases starting to stabilize?" Dr. Anthony Fauci said, "Even though you're getting really improvement in that the number of new cases are starting to flatten, the deaths will lag by one or two weeks or more, so we need to be prepared that even though it's clear that mitigation is working, we're still going to see that tail-off of deaths," Fauci said on "Face the Nation."

He said, "We haven't yet reached that peak and when you do, you'll start to see a bit of a flattening and come down," 

"What we are now now reaching the peak, and that's why [Governor Andrew Cuomo] and what we're thinking is that next week's going to look bad because we're really not at that point." Fauci said the number of new cases has started to stabilize in Italy and said "hopefully" New York, currently the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak in the United States, will follow.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the country could see a turnaround in 7 to 9 days 'time. 

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 312,000 reported cases of coronavirus in the United States, and more than 8,500 people have died. 

Governors from more than 40 states issued residents 'stay-at-home orders, and on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to voluntarily wear cloth or latex masks in public to help stop the virus spread.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said, "That would be a false statement" and  "We are struggling to get it under control, and that's the issue that's at hand right now."

"We need to be prepared that, since it unlikely will be completely eradicated from the planet, that as we get into next season, we may see the beginning of a resurgence," he said. 

"And that's the reason why we're pushing so hard and getting our preparedness much better than it was, but importantly, pushing on a vaccine and doing clinical trials for therapeutic interventions so that hopefully if in fact we do see that resurgence, we will have interventions that we did not have in the beginning of the situation that we're in right now."

Fauci and other members of the Coronavirus Task Force of the White House warned many Americans that the coming week would be a difficult one, and he buckled the notion that the pandemic is under control. 

Although most governors ordered their residents to remain in their homes and restrict their social activities, eight remain-at-home orders have not yet been released. However, the White House extended its social distancing recommendations until the end of April to remain in effect. 

But Dr. Anthony Fauci has cautioned that the coronavirus is likely to be seasonal before a vaccine is available.

Image: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.