dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that a “dangerous” new wave of COVID-19 could hit the United States from the coming holiday season unless the population takes action.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that people should get vaccinated to avoid a winter storm.
- “We still have about 60 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated but have not been, and that results in the dynamics of the virus in the community that is not only dangerous and people who are not vaccinated vulnerable, but it also spills over to the vaccinated people,” he said.
- “We have a lot of virus circulating around. You can’t run away from the data and the data shows that things are starting to go up, which isn’t unexpected if you’re in a winter season. People are starting to enter more and we know that immunity does wane over time,” he added.
Fauci said the vaccinated people can spread the coronavirus to others. Or they could face breakthrough infections because they don’t get their booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Last week, in an interview at the Reuters Total Health conference, Fauci said COVID-19 could become endemic — a regional disease that infects people to some degree — if more people are vaccinated, The Guardian reports.
- “If you want to become endemic, you have to get the infection level so low that it has no impact on society, on your life, on your economy,” Fauci said.
- “People will still get infected. People could still be hospitalized, but the level would be so low that we don’t think about it all the time and it doesn’t affect what we do.”
Fauci advises people to get the coronavirus vaccine quickly to prevent further spread during the holiday season, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Getting the vaccine could help the US reach the pandemic endgame and return to normalcy, he said.