Fauci and public health experts fear a post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 case and death spike – msnNOW
Public health experts are bracing for even more drastic spikes in new cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in the weeks immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday.
“What we don’t want to see is yet another surge superposed upon the [current] surge … which we’ll realize three [to] three and a half weeks from now” if people ignore public health guidance, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said on Good Morning America Wednesday.
Average daily cases nationwide have been on a steady rise since early October, from 44,642 average cases the week ending Oct. 5 to an average of 169,381 daily over the past week. Deaths have also risen steadily over the past month, from an average of 812 new deaths in the week ending Nov. 1 to 1,583 new deaths on average reported over the past seven days.
Fauci and other top government experts have implored people to refrain from travel and holding large Thanksgiving gatherings. Fauci added Wednesday that a coronavirus vaccine is imminent, but until then, everyone is susceptible to infection and should not “let their guard down.”
Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, similarly urged people not to travel over the weekend, saying there is a “bright day ahead