“When you see [infections] A plateau at a level between 50,000 and 65,000 cases per day is absolutely no time to declare victory as we know from previous waves we’ve had over the year that there is a flattening out at a high level, always that Risk of an increase, “said Fauci.” And that’s exactly what is happening in Europe right now. “
Fauci responded to his concern about Europe in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union: “They’ve had a decrease in cases, they’ve hit a plateau and they’ve withdrawn public health measures. You see the images in the Newspapers and on TV. They opened the restaurants. They opened some of the bars. The younger people in particular stopped wearing masks and then suddenly you got a wave that went up again. “
In a prime-time speech on Thursday, Biden urged states to qualify all adults for vaccines by May 1, saying that Americans have a “good chance” by July 4 of gathering around Independence Day to celebrate. While Fauci said he didn’t see any “stumbling blocks” in this, he warned that an increase in Covid-19 infections could push back if Americans could return to some of their normal routines.
“If the rise picks up again, it would jeopardize the goal of making people much more normal at the beginning of summer,” Fauci said on Fox News Sunday. “It won’t affect the vaccination program or vaccination rate, but it could affect how quickly we get back to normal.”
Some states, including Texas and Mississippi, have lifted mask mandates and fully reopened stores, a move Fauci describes as “risky and potentially dangerous.” Other states such as Maryland have retained mask mandates but lifted business capacity restrictions.
“If you look at the numbers, we’re not out of the woods yet,” he warned.