Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Gulf News When will people take off the mask of Corona … Fauchi sets a “shocking” date


The director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday that Americans will likely still need to wear masks in 2022, even as other restrictions imposed to combat “Covid-19” are relaxed.

The numbers of daily infection with the Coronavirus in the United States are declining dramatically, but thousands of Americans still die every day from the virus, while less than 15 percent of the population has been vaccinated.

President Joe Biden is striving to accelerate a campaign that bets to vaccinate most adults, while state governments are calling for more doses to curb the disease that has killed nearly 500,000 people in the United States.

Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical advisor, said in an interview with CNN that the death toll that the United States is approaching represents “a terrible historical milestone in the history of this country.”

When asked whether the Americans will need to wear masks next year, Fauchi said, “It is possible that the situation will be like this,” adding that this depends on the level of spread of the virus in different regions and its possible strains.

In a separate interview with “Fox News Sunday”, Fauchi said that the currently available vaccines seem to protect against the strain that appeared in Britain and that appeared throughout the United States, but it seems less effective in preventing the South African strain, which is not yet prevalent. in the country.

A big downturn

According to the “Forbes” website, the Corona virus infections and deaths in the United States have decreased dramatically, in recent days.

The average daily cases of corona in the United States fell to less than 78,000 daily cases, last week.

The number of daily cases of the “Covid 19” epidemic in the United States decreased to less than 80 thousand for the seventh consecutive day.

This decrease in the new infections of the Corona virus has not been recorded since last October, but the improvement was not limited to new infections only.

The numbers indicate a significant decline in the number of people hospitalized due to the virus, in addition to a decrease in the number of daily deaths caused by “Covid 19”.

Reasons for retreat

Experts believe that this “improvement” may be an indication that the United States has finally managed to descend the Corona curve towards a decline.

According to a report by “The Atlantic” magazine, the improvement is due to a number of factors, such as the partial immunity that was acquired in the country against the virus, as well as the effects of the vaccination campaign, in addition to the expiration of a period of winter.

Experts expect that the speed of transmission of Corona infection will decrease between March and August, and then it will likely return to more severe with the arrival of autumn, but the world will then have made progress in the vaccination campaigns.

Many in the United States did not expect the number of new infections to decline at this rate in mid-February, but there are those who attribute the shift to increased awareness of the virus, especially in light of the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden, to impose more strict measures to surround the epidemic, while his predecessor was Donald Trump is playing down the disease.



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