Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the coronavirus pandemic will likely worsen in the coming months, urging Americans to “hunker down this fall and winter because it’s not going to be easy.”
“I keep looking at that curve and I get more depressed and more depressed about the fact that we never really get down to the baseline that I’d like,” Fauci said.
Thirty states are experiencing downward trends in the number of coronavirus cases, but the U.S. still reports about 36,000 new cases each day, which Fauci said is too high.
The United States leads all nations in coronavirus cases, with more than 6.8 million, and almost 200,000 deaths.
The pandemic will also soon be stacked on top of flu season. In July, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said “the fall and the winter of 2020 and 2021 are going to be probably one of the most difficult times that we experienced in American public health.”