The current phase of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States — where new daily infections have plateaued at around 50,000 to 60,000 — is “not a good place to be,” Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Friday.
Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, urged people to “hang in there a bit longer” with restrictions aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 so that the vaccination program can really take hold and therefore reduce the possibility of yet another surge.
Hayes noted how “there’s no state of equilibrium plateau” with the virus. “It seems like in a year of this pandemic, this thing is either growing or shrinking,” he told Fauci, top medical adviser to President Joe Biden. “So, when you see it growing in a place, I start to get worried. How do you interpret the data out of places like Massachusetts and Michigan where we’re seeing some growth?”
“Well, you know, it’s predictable,” Fauci replied. “Remember we had the big peak. And then it came down at an excellent rate, and then it started to the plateau, which I said weeks ago was a bad sign. Instead of continuing to go down at a sharp line, it’s plateaued. Once it’s done that, there’s a high risk that you’re going to get another resurgence. We’ve seen that with previous surges. The other three that we’ve had in this country.”