In an extensive interview published on Sunday, America’s leading infectious disease expert tempered expectations for a return to normalcy, offered advice to those protesting the death of George Floyd and suggested that US travel bans may remain in place. for months.
The corona could “go on for a few cycles, coming back and forth,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in the British newspaper The Telegraph.
“I hope to reach some degree of real normalcy in about a year,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s winter or fall, we’ll see for a while longer.”
In the midst of protests against racial justice, Fauci said that “the point is that there is a danger (in protest), and of course that concerns.” He said using a mask helps, but stressed that crowds are dangerous.
“I would say to a perfect world that people should not gather in a crowd and protest. But I know, even though you say that, they’re going to do it, “Fauci said.
“So if you’re going to do that, don’t take off your mask when you shout, you scream, and you shout and do whatever you want in a demonstration.”
Fauci also threw cold water at the idea that travel limits from the UK and other countries would be lifted over time for the summer holidays.
“It simply came to our notice then. I don’t think there will be an immediate withdrawal for such restrictions, “he said. “My feeling, looking at what’s happening with the infection rate, I think it’s more likely to be measured in months, not weeks. “
School openings must be based on local conditions, Fauci said in an interview. He also expressed optimism that a vaccine would eventually be successful. “We have potential vaccines that are making significant progress. We have maybe four or five,” he said.
“You can never guarantee success with a vaccine, it’s foolish to do that, there’s a good chance it’s going to go wrong. (But) from what we’ve seen from the first results, we’re likely to get two or three vaccines that are successful. . “