Washington – Federal epidemiologist Anthony Fauci warned today that the coronavirus will likely re-emerge in the fall, albeit controlled this summer, but he trusted the United States would be better prepared then to deal with it.
“Our ability to go test, isolate, trace contacts will be of a much greater magnitude than it was two months ago,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases.
In addition, he maintained that he hopes that at least one of the potential therapeutic drugs being tested is already available and that perhaps if there are “signs of efficacy” some vaccine could be used.RELATED
“It will be much more than the lessons learned, they will be things that we will have available that we did not have before,” added Fauci during today’s White House briefing.
The federal epidemiologist has estimated that the positive cases of coronavirus, which now exceeded 156,000, can exceed one million, and that the deaths, which are currently around 3,000, be between 100,000 and 200,000.
Tomorrow the federal government will formally issue the new social distancing guidelines that will be in force at least until April 30.
In the briefing, President Donald Trump argued that changes to current regulations will be minimal.
Today, the governors of Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam, and Maryland, Republican Larry Hogan, issued orders for the citizens of their states to stay home, only going out for jobs or seeking essential services.
A similar order was also issued by the Mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser.
The Virginia governor’s order is effective until June 10.
Cases in Maryland exceed 1,400, with 15 deaths. In Virginia, positive cases are now more than 1,000, with 25 deaths. In the federal capital, while, with a population of about 700,000 people, the positive cases were more than 400, including eight deaths.