The nation’s leading infectious disease expert is warning Americans to prepare for the “challenge” posed by coronavirus in the coming months.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently commented that, while many fear a second wave of coronavirus as the weather gets cold, the country is not through the first wave of the pandemic.
"Rather than say, 'A second wave,' why don't we say, 'Are we prepared for the challenge of the fall and the winter?'" Fauci told CNN.
The U.S. passed the threshold of 7 million confirmed cases on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
On Tuesday, JHU data showed that the U.S. toll for deaths resulting from COVID-19 surpassed 200,000.
Fauci’s warning comes amid continued surges in case numbers as a number of establishments and institutions continue to open up.
Fauci recently said that the three “higher risk” places to avoid were bars, restaurants and gyms, citing hotspots New York, Arizona and Texas as three states that slowed the spread of coronavirus when they closed these establishments.
With a flu season that could be potentially exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic, Fauci also recommends getting a flu shot as a way to combat the virus.
But when? During an Instagram Live session with actress Jennifer Garner, Fauci said he gets his own flu shot "towards the middle and end of October."
He continued: "I wouldn't necessarily get it now, in September, because there is evidence that, in fact, the immunity might wear off when you get to February and early March."