The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve been through in the last 102 years, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to new US President Joe Biden on Sunday on CNN. It is possible that Americans will continue to wear masks in 2022, he said.
The American infectious disease specialist said the situation in the United States could get closer to normal around the fall or winter of 2021/2022. It is possible that in 2022 Americans will still need protective masks, he added, even when other restrictions are gradually relaxed and the number of vaccinated people increases significantly.
When asked about the response to the looming 500,000 COVID-19 death toll in the US, Fauci said it was “really terrible.” “This is unlike anything we’ve gone through in the last 102 years since the Spanish pandemic in 1918,” he said.
Fauci was also asked to explain whether seniors could spend time with their grandchildren after taking the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. – Recommendations will be published, I do not want to issue recommendations on TV now – he replied.
Coronavirus in the US
Preliminary estimates by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the COVID-19 pandemic in the US has led to a decline in life expectancy that has not been recorded since World War II. Americans live an average of a year shorter. African Americans, who are expected to live almost three years less, and Latin Americans – almost two years less – have suffered the most.
Statistics indicate that 2020 was the deadliest year in US history. Deaths surpassed 3 million for the first time, most of which, 490,000, have been caused by the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. According to experts, COVID-19 also had an impact on deaths from heart disease and cancer. The CDC warned that the figures only reflect deaths in the first six months of last 2020. They don’t take into account the full toll of the pandemic.
– We are devastated by the coronavirus more than any other country. We make up 4 percent of the world’s population and over 20 percent of the world’s deaths from coronavirus, said Dr. Otis Brawley, cancer specialist and professor of public health at Johns Hopkins University. According to the researcher, the reduction in life expectancy in the US is further evidence of “pandemic misconduct”.
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