WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview on ABC News’s “This Week” that the restrictions proposed on Thanksgiving will likely push on until Christmas.
- Fauci also said that ‘the same sort of thing’ should be expected especially during this winter months and seeing that travel has resumed.
- He stressed that his comments are not meant to scare people but to accept the realities brought on by the pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Sunday that the current coronavirus restrictions will likely be the same up to the Christmas holidays.
In response to ABC News’s “This Week” host Martha Raddatz asking Fauci if he thinks the restrictions he proposed on Thanksgiving will still go on up to Christmas, he replied:
“Because, when you have the kind of inflection that we have, it doesn’t all of a sudden turn around like that. So clearly, in the next few weeks, we’re going to have the same sort of thing, and perhaps even two or three weeks down the line, Martha, we may see a surge upon a surge.”
While he didn’t want to scare people, Fauci added that these things are bound to happen now that we’re entering into the cold season and people have begun travelling again.
“So I cannot see, all of a sudden, a relaxation of the kinds of recommendations or restrictions because we’re getting into colder weather and an … even larger holiday season, as people travel to come back and forth for Christmas,” he said.
Despite warnings from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that Americans should forego Thanksgiving travel and cancel gatherings with people outside their households, Americans appeared to ignore the warnings.
Last Wednesday, US air travel recorded over a million travellers who passed through the airport security checkpoint, its highest level since March.
Meanwhile, experts have pointed to the greater spikes in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, to Thanksgiving gatherings which are known as super spreader events of the virus. On Friday, 13 million confirmed cases have been posted with over 91,000 current hospitalizations, per the Covid Tracking Project.
Source: The Hill