The chief infectious disease expert in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauchi, told members of Congress that he would not be “surprised” if the number of new cases of coronavirus in the country rises to 100,000 a day.
During his testimony before a congressional committee, Fawache cautioned that not enough Americans were obligated to wear the muzzle and for social estrangement.
“It is clear that we are not in control now,” he said, and about half of all new casualties come from four states.
He meant the states of Texas, Florida, Arizona and California, which are the most affected states today.
The number of injuries exceeded 40,000 in one day, for the fourth time in the past five days.
The rise in the number of injuries, especially in the southern and western states, prompted 16 other states to stop or change plans to lift the closure, according to CNN. Some states imposed new measures a month after the start of their economic return.
New York State Governor Andrew Como added a number of states from which expatriates are supposed to isolate themselves for 14 days. The list is made up of 16 states, which means 48 percent of the entire US population, according to the USA Today newspaper.
What did Fauchi say?
During a congressional panel hearing on efforts to reopen the teacher and business, Dr. Fauchi criticized some states for not complying with the standards required to lift the closure, and said this would lead to an increase in injuries.
He told Senator Elizabeth Warren, saying: “I cannot accurately predict, but it will be very worrying, I assure you of that.”
He added that if the epidemic breaks out in one part of the country, the other parts remain at risk and if its situation is good now: “We cannot focus only on those areas that are witnessing a rise in the number of cases. They are putting the whole country at risk.”
Fauchi called on the US government to produce the masks and distribute them free of charge to Americans, and condemned some who completely ignored social divergence measures.
Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), told lawmakers during his testimony also on Tuesday that there was an increase in the number of injuries requiring hospital treatment in 12 states, and that Arizona had recorded a high death rate.
“The disease affects us all, and it will require it to stop working together,” Redfield added. He called for personal responsibility to slow the spread of the virus, and expressed support for the generalization of the use of masks.
Before the session began, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander appealed to President Donald Trump to wear the muzzle, which he had yet to do in a public event.
Unfortunately, this simple life-saving practice has become part of the political debate, ”said the president’s ally.
He added: “The president has many fans who will follow his move.”
“It is only the beginning.”
In an interview with a journal issued by the American Medical Association, Dr. Ann Schuchat, Deputy Director of CDC, warned that the United States is not following the model of other countries that have shown success in containing the virus.
She pointed to New Zealand, Singapore and Korea where the new infection is quickly identified and all callers are tracked. Whereas, the sick and the vulnerable isolate themselves and keep matters under control.
“We have a wide spread of the virus across the country, so it is very frustrating,” she said.
New Zealand had declared it infection-free on June 8, and has been working since then to contain cases that have arisen among travelers. South Korea has made strong use of tracking devices, and as of April 1, it has recorded fewer than 100 injuries a day. In Singapore, the outbreak peaked in mid-April, when 1,400 infections were reported in one day.
While by Tuesday, the United States had 2,682,897 confirmed cases and 129,544 deaths, according to Hopkins University.
“It is only the beginning,” said Dr. Shochat.
Herd immunity excluded
Dr. Fauchi ruled out that the United States would develop herd immunity even after the vaccine was available, which Fauchi previously expected would not be available until 2021.
He said this is because the vaccine may be only partially effective, in addition to being rejected by a large number of Americans.
He called for more awareness-raising to boost confidence in vaccines: “There is a general feeling against science, power and vaccine among a frightening percentage of people in this country.”
He added that he would be happy to have a vaccine 70 to 75 percent effective.
According to the CDC website, herd immunity can only be acquired when a sufficient percentage of the population is immune to infectious disease, either because of the vaccine or because of a previous illness, which makes its transmission from one person to another unlikely.