Fauci says it’s time to start “slipping” back to normal despite COVID-19 risks
Fauci says it’s time to start “slipping” back to normal despite COVID-19 risks

Fauci says it’s time to start “slipping” back to normal despite COVID-19 risks

CHICAGO – The top American expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Wednesday that it is time for the United States to begin moving back to normalcy, despite the remaining risks from COVID-19.

In a interview with ReutersFauci said U.S. states are facing difficult choices in their efforts to balance the need to protect their citizens from infections and the growing fatigue with a pandemic that has drawn into its third year.

“There is no perfect solution to this,” said Fauci, President Joe Biden’s senior medical adviser and member of the White House COVID-19 Response Team.

Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. health officials said they were preparing new COVID-19 guidelines on many aspects of the virus response as the Omicron rise in cases slows.

It followed announcements from several states, including New Jersey, New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware and Oregon, that they lifted mask mandates for schools or other public environments in the coming weeks.

“The fact that the world and the United States and especially certain parts of the United States are just up to here with COVID – they just really need to get their lives back somehow,” he said.

“You do not want to be ruthless and throw everything aside, but you have to start moving towards it.”

Even with the positive trends, COVID numbers remain high with about 2,200 Americans dying every day, most of them unvaccinated.

The current seven-day daily average of COVID-19 cases is around 147,000, down about 40 percent from the previous week, according to government data. During the same period, hospital admissions fell by about 28 percent to 9,500 a day.

Fauci acknowledged that states’ revised policies could involve trade-offs and some unnecessary infections, but it was also harmful to go too close to strict prevention policies.

“Is the impact on mental health, is the impact on children’s development, is the impact on schools – is it balanced against trying to be completely untouched and protect against infection? I do not have the right answer to that,” he said.

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