Anthony Fauci appeared this Tuesday before the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives where he warned that the situation may worsen, if the necessary measures are not taken
The chief scientific officer in the fight against the coronavirus in the United States, Anthony Fauci, has warned this Tuesday to the US Congress that the increase in cases of coronavirus is “disturbing” .
Fauci, who has participated in a hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives, has warned that without the ability to completely identify the infections, isolate those affected and track their contacts, the situation will worsen . All this, in a context in which the US states are advancing in the economic reopening and relaxing the restrictions adopted to mitigate the pandemic.
As of Tuesday, CNN television reported , a total of 25 states have recorded their highest numbers of additional COVID-19 cases compared to those confirmed a week earlier . Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Washington or Wyoming stand out.
Thus, Fauci has indicated that time is running out to address the increase in infections . “Right now, the next two weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address the resurgences that we are seeing in Florida, Texas, Arizona and other states,” he said, as reported by The Hill newspaper .
“And we are going to end up back where we were,” he said, while noting that if the United States fails to control the pandemic by fall, “essentially we will be chasing a forest fire . ” The goal, according to Fauci, is to have complete control of the virus instead of just mitigating it, which is what the US health authorities are currently doing.
In this context, the expert has asked Americans “not to attend crowds.” However, if so, you have asked to wear a mask.
The United States reached 2,342,739 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 121,176 deaths on Tuesday , according to an independent count by Johns Hopkins University.
This balance at 20:00 local time (00:00 GMT on Wednesday) is 32,405 more infections than on Monday and 842 new deaths.
The provisional balance of deaths -121,176- has already exceeded the lowest level of the initial estimates of the White House , which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic.
President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would rather be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths , although in his latest calculations he already predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.
For its part, the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) of the University of Washington, in whose prediction models of the evolution of the pandemic the White House often sets, calculates that the United States will reach the month of October having exceeded 200,000 dead.