Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, listen as President Donald J. Trump speaks about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic during a briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on the white House in Washington, DC on Friday March 20, 2020.
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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday he would be “not happy” with the scale of Covid-19 cases in the United States as the nation enters the fall and winter seasons.
The U.S. reports around 40,000 new coronavirus cases daily, which may get worse as temperatures cooler and people go inside, Fauci said during an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “I’m not comfortable with it. I would like to see this level well below 10,000.”
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said some regions of the country are doing reasonably well while others are struggling.
“In certain parts of the country, like the Midwest and the Northwest, and even now, we’re starting to see little trouble in northeast New York. Then you start to worry because it’s harder to deal with respiratory viruses such as airborne viruses People are going inside more, “he said. “And if you’re starting to see upticks like we see it and you have a baseline of 40,000 and you get stuck at 40,000, this is not the optimal position when you step into fall and winter.”
Health officials have repeatedly warned that they will have to fight two nasty viruses circulating later this year as the Covid-19 outbreak enters flu season. Last week, Vice President Mike Pence said Americans should expect an increase in Covid-19 cases “in the coming days” If the tests increase and some states show worrying coronavirus trends.
Over the past seven days, the country has reported an average of 45,200 new Covid-19 cases per day, up around 8% from a week earlier when the US reported a 7-day average of just over 41,900 new cases a day, according to a CNBC analysis of the Johns Hopkins University data.
Covid-19 cases are increasing 5% or more in 31 states as well as the District of Columbia as of Thursday based on a weekly average to smooth daily coverage, according to Hopkins data. According to Hopkins data, eleven states hit record highs in average daily new cases.
Hawaii, North Dakota, and South Dakota had new deaths on average each day.
Fauci said Thursday that Covid-19 was “far more serious” than seasonal flu, which President Donald Trump disagreed, who tweeted earlier this week that the coronavirus was “far less deadly” than influenza. Facebook and Twitter later responded to Trump’s post to prevent the spread of misinformation.
While influenza can cause more complications in young children, there is “no doubt” that the effects of Covid-19 on the general population are “far more serious,” Fauci said.
“I have no doubt, no doubt at all,” he said.
“The only thing I can do is repeat what I repeat, maybe 20, 30 times a day,” he added. “To avoid the acquisition and transmission of this virus which is highly transmissible, you should wear mask uniform, you should have physical distance, you should avoid crowds, you should try to do things much more outdoors than in.” To do indoors. And you should wash your hands frequently and for me that goes for every situation without exception. “
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