WATCH: Dr. Fauci Says That a 2nd COVID Wave “Is Not Inevitable”
The coronavirus epidemic has ravaged the United States and its economy over the last 3 months. While there are still a number of cases and deaths, the virus seems to be on a downward trend. At this point, all 50 states are in some stage of a reopening.
There has been numerous warnings about getting complacent, as the country was expected to see a second wave of the illness in the fall. During a recent appearance on CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that second wave is not a certainty if Americans continue to follow guidelines.
The renowned immunologist made the comments while speaking with host Jim Acosta. “I’m feeling better about it as we go by with the weeks that go by, and we see that we’re getting more and more capability of testing,” said the doctor. “The CDC is putting more of a workforce out there to help us do the kinds of identification, isolation, and contact tracing. I feel better and better that we’re capable of doing that.”
Fauci continued, “We often talk about the possibility of a second wave, or of an outbreak when you reopen. We don’t have to accept that as an inevitability. Particularly when people start thinking about the fall, I want people to really appreciate that it could happen, but it is not inevitable.”
The doctor closed his remarks, “If we do the kinds of things that we’re putting in place now, to have the workforce, the system, and the will to do the kinds of things that are the clear and effective identification, isolation and contact tracing, we can prevent this second wave that we’re talking about.”
WATCH Dr. Fauci’s interview below, courtesy of CNN: