Fauci Makes Dire Forecast 'If This Doesn't Turn Around'

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the newly identified swine flu, called G4, is "something we need to keep an eye out on".

Asked to forecast the outcome of recent surges in some states, Fauci said he can't make an accurate prediction but believes it will be "very disturbing".

Fauci said G4 is still in the examination stage - "It's not so-called, an immediate threat".

He later implored Fauci for a change in tone: "We need more optimism".

The G4 virus, which is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu that caused the 2009 pandemic, was described in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday.

He wouldn't "be surprised" if we hit 100K new cases a day, up from 40K.

Now, as some states see the number of cases tick up dramatically, political leaders are actually reversing some of those original reopenings.

"The stakes are too high for the political debate about pro-Trump, anti-Trump masks to continue", Alexander said at the hearing.

"It is critical that we all take the personal responsibility to slow the transmission of COVID-19, and embrace the universal use of face coverings", Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during his testimony Tuesday. "They would follow his lead".

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All public health measures remain in place, however, including physical distancing between people of different households. Forty-one Albertans were in hospital with the virus, nine of whom were in intensive care units.

"If you look at what's going on and just look at some of the film clips that you've seen of people congregating, often without masks, of being in crowds and jumping over and avoiding, and not paying attention to the guidelines that we very carefully put out we're going to continue to be in a lot of trouble and there's going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop", Fauci said.

Top health officials also support distributing free masks to Americans. As for a vaccine, Fauci says that a safe and effective vaccine is not guaranteed, but experts are hopeful that doses will be available to the public by next year.

He said this was due to the combination of a vaccine that is potentially only partially effective, and the large number of Americans who might refuse to get it.

"I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, "hey it's summer".

One suggestion is to pool testing samples.

He noted that remdesivir, an antiviral medication, has shown a reduction in hospitalization days among COVID-19 patients.

The hearing comes as several states struggle to contain the virus as they start to reopen amid a nationwide jump in case counts.

The hearing took place as Republican governors of newly hard hit states, including Texas and Florida, have been rescinding reopening plans in the face of surging cases of he virus that has killed at least 124,000 people in the US since February. While children appear to respond less severely to COVID-19 than adults, it's still unclear whether they could become vectors to spread the virus to teachers and family, something health agencies are studying and hope to have more data on, he said.

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