Dr. Fauci: 'Return to normality' expected late 2021

Trump downplaying COVID-19 threat 'not a good thing' expect no 'normality' until 2021

Fauci said in an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that it may take more than a year to return "to a degree of normality" that resembles the situation before the pandemic. "We're plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day".

In the same interview, Fauci also poo-pooed a recent claim made by President Trump during a White House press briefing, in which the president said, "I really do believe we're rounding the corner" on the virus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently put a damper on the recovery efforts taking place in many states across the country by suggesting that the United States will not return to normal until well into next year. "Maybe even towards the end of 2021", he said.

The expert expressed hope that the US won't see a post-Labor Day Weekend surge in cases like what occurred after July 4 and Memorial Day, and stressed the importance of driving down infection numbers heading into the fall and winter months.

The pandemic has caused more than 6.3 million confirmed cases and more than 191,000 deaths in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The timeline is tied to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and getting the majority of the USA population "vaccinated and protected", which Fauci said is "likely not gonna happen until the mid or end of 2021".

"Being indoors absolutely increases the risk [of transmission]", he said.


Asked about the outdoor campaign rallies Trump has resumed before his November 3 matchup against Democrat Joe Biden, Fauci said they are "absolutely" risky. "I am concerned when I see things starting indoors, and that becomes more compelling when you move into fall and winter season".

During an appearance at a Harvard Medical Panel on Thursday, Fauci warned that Americans will need to "hunker down" during what will be a "difficult" fall and winter if the country wants to avoid another spike in COVID-19 cases.

"Don't ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic. And don't try and look at the rosy side of things", Fauci said.

Fauci has broken with Trump in the past, saying that the US shouldn't pursue herd immunity after Trump referenced it in an interview earlier this month, McClatchy News reported.

Fauci, who has contradicted Trump's statements about the virus, denies the administration is pressuring him to keep quiet.

Summer Lin is a McClatchy Real-Time News Reporter.

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