dr. Anthony Fauci has a specific target for the coronavirus when it comes to the winter months.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NPR that the pandemic is currently at a crossroads as the holiday season will soon arrive and people will travel. Add colder weather to that and the risk of spreading diseases and viruses increases.
But Fauci currently has a goal for the pandemic: to keep the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths low.
- “We are looking for a level of control… where the level of infection – mainly through vaccination, but also people who may have been infected and have some degree of protection – will not disrupt society as the COVID-19 outbreak is currently doing to us,” said Fauci.
- “So if we go into the winter months with the challenge of a respiratory infection getting worse in the winter months, we can get through this if we really put a lot of effort into getting as many people as possible vaccinated,” Fauci said. .
Earlier in November, Fauci told McClatchy that the United States is a “mixed bag” because some people have been vaccinated, some people have not been vaccinated, and the number of cases is declining, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
- “I feel good that the cases, the hospitalizations and the deaths are coming down. I am still concerned that we have 64 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated but who have not been vaccinated,” he said.
- “So it’s a mixed feeling in response to where things are,” he added. “It’s good news that we continue to fall. It’s a little frustrating when we have so many people who are eligible to be vaccinated and who aren’t.”