Top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that a coronavirus surge “superimposed” on the current spike could emerge in the weeks after Thanksgiving.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told NBC News’s “Meet the Press” that the increase in U.S. cases would be almost vertical if shown on a graph.
He acknowledged that while health experts warned Americans not to travel for or spend Thanksgiving with people outside of their household, “people are not always going to do that.”
“So what we expect, unfortunately, as we go for the next couple of weeks into December, that we might see a surge superimposed upon that surge that we’re already in,” he said.
“When I give that message, I don’t want to frighten people, except to say it is not too late at all for us to do something about this, because as we travel back, to be careful when we go back to where we are, to just continue to do the things that we’ve been talking about,” he added.
Fauci pointed to states that have instituted coronavirus restrictions involving mask wearing, social distancing and limits on gatherings, saying in those states, the COVID-19 cases curve starts to flatten.
“So we know we can do something about it particularly now as we get into the colder season and as we approach the Christmas holidays,” he said.
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