Dr. Anthony Facui, the country’s leading infectious disease expert and mouthpiece of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Sunday that he thinks the worst is still yet to come for the coronavirus pandemic.
In a far stretch from the “2-4 weeks to flatten the curve” that Americans heard at the beginning of 2020, Fauci now told CNN anchor Dana Bash on “State of the Union” that there will likely be a post-holiday surge of coronavirus cases.
This surge could carry well into 2021.
“We very well might see a post-seasonal — in the sense of Christmas, New Years — surge or as I’ve described it, a surge upon a surge,” Fauci said via the Daily Wire.
When asked by the CNN host if he thought the “worst is still yet to come,” the doctor said, “I do.”
“If you look at the slope, the incline of cases we’ve experienced as we’ve got into the late fall and soon-to-be early winter, it really is quite troubling,” he continued.
According to the report, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams echoed the doctor’s warning, similarly predicting a surge in the cases as a result of family gatherings for the holidays.
“We always see a little bit of a bump after holidays and sometimes a large bump,” he said on the ABC network this week. “But what the important thing for people to understand is that even if you traveled, it doesn’t mean you just throw your hands up in the air and say, oh well. There are measures that you can take. And the CDC, I’d like to remind people, recommends that three to five days after travel or after you’ve been around people without a mask on, you go out and get tested.”
Adams also cautioned against further private gatherings.
“But here’s what the American people most need to know, mitigation works,” he said. “The science shows that it works. So if you’re worried about a new, potentially more contagious variant, it is that much more important that we follow the four W’s, wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance, and the fourth one is, wait on gatherings, especially with one last holiday coming up, New Year’s. We need to be very careful.”
The warnings were made shortly after the first coronavirus vaccinations were finalized and distributed for use.