The United States should not ease existing restrictions on prevention of Covid-19 until the number of new coronavirus cases drops below 10,000 per day, “and maybe even considerably less than that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci has said.
The United States should gradually lift the restrictions after a large chunk of Americans have been vaccinated, Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The last time the United States saw less than 10,000 daily new cases was almost a year ago, on March 22, 2020. The number has not fallen below 50,000 daily cases since mid-October, and the seven-day average was over 64,000 Wednesday.
According to CNN, “We will be pulling back,” said Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser. “We’re now up to about 2 million vaccinations per day. That means every day that goes by, every week that goes by, you have more and more people protected.”
Fauci’s comments come as some states begin to pull back restrictions, including doing away with mask mandates, allowing businesses to fully open and increasing the number of people allowed at mass gatherings.
That is “inexplicable,” Fauci said earlier.
Research claims that thousands of Americans infected each day and suggests variants threaten another surge.
“I understand the need to want to get back to normality, but you’re only going to set yourself back if you just completely push aside the public health guidelines — particularly when we’re dealing with anywhere from 55 (thousand) to 70,000 infections per day in the United States,” Fauci told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday.
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