Fauci says coronavirus cases are increasing and ‘things are going to get worse’
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that the United States likely won’t see the shutdowns that plagued the country last year despite a spike in infections, but that “things are only going to get worse.”
Fauci noted, in his rounds of morning news programs, that half of Americans have been vaccinated. He said this should be enough people to avoid the crackdown. But this is not enough to crush fascism.
“We’re looking forward, I don’t think, to closures, but rather some pain and suffering ahead,” Fauci said. ABC’s “This Week”.
The United States reported more than 1.3 million new infections in July, more than three times the number recorded in June. Fauci admitted that some supernatural injuries occur among vaccinators. He noted that no vaccine is 100% effective. But he stressed that a recurring theme of the Biden administration is that vaccinated people are less likely to develop serious illness than unvaccinated people who do.
“From the standpoint of illness, hospitalization, suffering and death, the unvaccinated are most at risk,” Fauci said. “Unvaccinated, by not vaccinating them, they allow the outbreak to spread and spread.”
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has restored guidelines recommending the use of masks for vaccinated individuals in areas of high prevalence of the virus.
“This is much more about transmission,” Fauci said of the new guidelines. “You want them to wear a mask, so that if they do in fact become infected, they won’t spread that to people at risk, perhaps in their homes or children or people with underlying conditions.”
The director of the National Institutes of Health says that federal guidelines urging vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in communities with high COVID-19 prevalence are mostly aimed at protecting the unvaccinated and the immunocompromised.
Dr. Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health, said he urged Americans to wear masks but stressed on Sunday that masks are not a substitute for vaccination.
The virus, Collins said, is “having a really big party in the middle of the country.”
The return of some local mask mandates in schools and elsewhere is sparking similar resistance to what vaccine mandates have drawn up. In Texas, where new daily infections have tripled in the past two weeks, Governor Greg Abbott has banned local governments and state agencies from mandating vaccinations or masks. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, though grappling with record-breaking infection numbers in his state, has also imposed restrictions on local mask rules.
Both governors say protecting against the virus should be a matter of personal responsibility rather than government interference.
“We have a lot of pressure from the CDC and others to make everyone, the kids, (school) staff have to wear masks all day,” DeSantis said. “That would be a huge mistake.”
The Biden administration’s new policy requiring federal workers to wear masks has led to some backlash from unions, including those encouraging their rank and file to wear masks.
“Our union plans to negotiate the details before implementing any new policy,” tweeted the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 700,000 government employees.
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Florida reported 21,683 new cases in data it released Saturday, the state’s highest single-day total of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Florida has become a hot spot for COVID infection, accounting for about one in five new cases nationwide. It also recorded 409 deaths from the virus this week.
The situation in Florida comes as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that people nationally return to masking in public enclosed spaces, even if they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, due to rising cases and delta-variable transmission. The CDC has also recommended that all school staff and students wear masks.
However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has resisted orders to hide and impose restrictions on local officials’ ability to order masks. He also signed an executive order Friday to issue emergency rules to “protect parents’ rights,” make face masks optional across the state in schools and leave it up to parents.
Tenants burdened with months of late rent are no longer protected stop the federal eviction. The Biden administration allowed the deferral to expire Saturday night, saying that Congress should take legislative action to protect renters while urging the distribution of billions of dollars in relief to help those facing the loss of their homes. The administration confirmed it wanted to extend the freeze, but was constrained after the US Supreme Court indicated in June that it could not be extended beyond the end of July without congressional action.
On Friday, House lawmakers tried, but failed, to pass a bill to extend the moratorium even by a few months. And some Democratic lawmakers wanted it extended until the end of the year.
Contributing: The Associated Press