Dr. Fauci says U.S. Covid cases need to fall below 10,000 a day to get to a ‘degree of normality’

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  • According to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, the US reported an average of about 83,500 new Covid cases every day over the past week, a 14% increase from the week before.
  • Fauci said in an interview at the 2021 STAT summit that the country may need to reduce Covid cases to 3,300 per day to get the virus under control.
  • Daily infections in the US have not been less than 10,000 since March 2020.

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White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr Anthony Fauci estimated on Tuesday that Covid-19 cases in the US need to fall “below 10,000” a day to gain some semblance of pre-pandemic life.

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According to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, the US reported an average of about 83,500 new Covid cases every day over the past week, a 14% increase from the week before. Fauci said in an interview at the 2021 STAT summit that the country may need to reduce Covid cases to 3,300 per day to get the virus under control.

Daily infections in the US have not been less than 10,000 since March 2020.

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“I think if we can get well below 10,000, I think that would be a level that I think would be acceptable for us to return to a degree of normality,” Fauci said. . “But again, I have to warn the listeners, these are not definitive statements – they are just conjectures.”

Covid cases in the US were between 70,000 and 75,000 per day for almost three weeks before rising again late last week. Fauci said cases stabilizing at that high were a sign that the nation had “really bad control” over the pandemic, noting that the US could be “in some trouble” over the winter without taking proper public health precautions. could.

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Fauci said the nation’s nearly 60 million illiterate, eligible adults were promoting the latest uproar in an interview Monday night on “The News with Shepard Smith.” He said on Tuesday that booster shots will help combat new cases, hospitalizations and weakened immunity to existing COVID vaccines over time.

The highly infectious Delta variant will also thrive if COVID cases in the US continue to rise, affecting both the unvaccinated and vaccinated, Fauci said.

“The uninfected are obviously highly vulnerable, but by the time you get the higher mobility of the virus in the population, you’ll start to see breakthrough infections, much more than we see now,” Fauci said.

But vaccines for the unimmunized, immunizations in indoor settings and boosters for face coverings could help keep the virus away in the coming months and avoid a similar outbreak as in Europe at present, Fauci said. The continent recorded nearly 2.1 million new Covid cases in the past week, with the World Health Organization blaming low use of masks and social distancing.

According to data from Hopkins, across the US, some areas are getting more infections than others. As of Monday, the weekly average of daily new cases per capita rose 31% and 19%, respectively, in the Midwest and Northeast, compared to a 12% increase in the South and an increase of 8% in the West.

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