“We have to squat and get through this fall and winter because it won’t be easy,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday.
“I keep looking at that curve and getting more and more depressed that we will never really get to the baseline that I want,” he said.
When the weather gets colder, American activities will likely move indoors, where the virus can spread more easily.
Where we are now
In the US, 28 states are reporting downward trends on their cases – including Florida and California – from the previous week, and 14 states are steadily hiking.
“I don’t think it will take much to really bring us back to 70,000 new cases a day,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, previously told CNN.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus task force coordinator, urged people to get tested after the holiday weekend if they are in close contact with each other to avoid further community spread.
An ensemble forecast by the CDC now assumes that between 205,000 and 217,000 people will die in the United States by October 3.
The following will help
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner for the US Food and Drug Administration, told CBS earlier this week that the likelihood that a vaccine will be widely available this year is “extremely slim”.
But until the US has a vaccine, there are still ways to contain the spread of the virus.
Face covering remains the most powerful tool in combating transmission.
According to one expert, the country’s biggest mistake in the pandemic was not getting enough Americans to wear masks.
“If you look at countries where mortality is only a fraction of that in the US, the general theme from the beginning of the pandemic has been universal masking,” said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, CNN medical analyst and professor of medicine at George Washington University, said.
Infected students should not be sent home
The University of Texas at Austin announced this week that they have three confirmed clusters on campus that add up to about 100 positive cases of the virus. San Diego State University confirmed nearly 400 infections among students earlier this week, a few days after it was announced that it would be discontinuing face-to-face classes.
And more than 1,300 Arizona State University students have tested positive for the virus since Aug. 1.
Colleges and universities should try to isolate infected students instead of sending them home, Fauci said.
“You’re sending them back to their community, you will essentially be reseeding many communities across the country with people who are able to transmit infections,” he said earlier this week.
“So it’s much, much better to get them somewhere where they can comfortably relax.”
CNN’s Shelby Lin Erdman, Gisela Crespo, Kay Jones and Lauren Mascaren contributed to this report.