2nd Wave of Coronavirus “Not Inevitable” – Anthony Fauci

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Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who has been helping the #WhiteHouse deal with the #coronavirusoutbreak for the past several months, said on Wednesday that a second wave of #coronavirus infections in the fall is “not inevitable,” a note of optimism after weeks and weeks of dire warnings from the veteran medical official.

2nd Wave of Coronavirus “Not Inevitable” – Anthony Fauci

Fauci said on CNN that he was “feeling better about it as we go by with the weeks that go by and we see that we’re getting more and more capability of testing,” a metric the doctor has cited as critical for re-opening the #UnitedStates economy and resuming something of a normal way of life.
Fauci and others have warned that the disease could strike again hard in the fall. But he said recent steps taken by health officials and average #Americans made that scenario less likely. “We often talk about the possibility of a second wave, or of an outbreak when you reopen,” he said. “We don’t have to accept that as an inevitability. Particularly when people start thinking about the fall, I want people to really appreciate that it could happen, but it is not inevitable.”

“If we do the kinds of things that we’re putting in place now, to have the workforce, the system, and the will to do the kinds of things that are the clear and effective identification, isolation and #contacttracing, we can prevent this second wave that we’re talking about,” he said. “Contact tracing” is the process by which government officials identify individuals who have been infected by coronavirus and then track down anyone who may have come in proximity with them to ensure they remain isolated.

Fauci also said Americans should wear face masks, calling it a health measure as well as “a symbol for people to see that that’s the kind of thing you should be doing.”

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COVID Reference

Six weeks after the third edition, the world has changed again.
The pandemic is raging in South America, particularly in Brazil,
Ecuador and Peru. SARS-CoV-2 is under control in China, but in
Iran it is not. And in Europe, where most countries have weathered
the first wave and open borders to save a compromised tourist season, is now wondering if and for how long this biological
drôle de guerre could last.

Science has moved ahead, too. We have seen a more complex
picture of COVID-19 and new clinical syndromes; the first data
from vaccine trials; first results from randomized controlled
drug studies; encouraging publications on monoclonal neutralizing antibodies and serological evidence about the number of people who have come into contact with SARS-CoV-2. Unfortunately, we have also seen the first science scandal with fake data published in highly ranked journals. And we face new challenges like long-term effects of COVID-19 and a Kawasaki-like inflammatory multisystem syndrome in children.

For quite some time, prevention will continue to be the primary
pillar of pandemic control. In future waves of the SARS-CoV-2
pandemic, we will focus on the conditions under which SARSCoV-
2 is best transmitted: crowded, closed (and noisy) places and
spaces. Although hospitals are not noisy, they are crowded and
closed, and the battle against the new coronavirus will be decided
at the very center of our healthcare system. Over the next
months and maybe years, one of all of our top priorities will be
to give all healthcare workers and patients perfect personal protective equipment.