Dr. Anthony Fauci has given an upbeat assessment of the current state of the coronavirus in the United States, saying the country is “out of the pandemic phase” when it comes to new infections, hospitalizations and deaths, But it appears so. Infection of COVID-19 is becoming an endemic disease – Happening regularly in some areas.
Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Tuesday on PBS “Newshour” that the coronavirus remains a pandemic for much of the world, but the threat to the United States is not over, adding that he is in the worst-case scenario. were talking about. Of the pandemic
“Namely, we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now,” he said.
In Wednesday’s comments to the Washington Post, however, Fauci clarified his earlier comments, saying that as opposed to a “full-blown explosive pandemic phase” during the brutal winter Omicron boom, he was describing what appeared to be a period of transition. Is. Coronavirus is becoming an endemic disease.
“The world is still in a pandemic. There is no doubt about it. Shouldn’t someone misinterpret it? We are still facing a pandemic,” Fauci told the Post.
His remarks come as health officials wrestle over how to keep COVID-19 cases and hospitals manageable and those still learning to live with a mutated and unpredictable virus. The Biden administration has insisted the nation has more tools – vaccinations, booster shots and medicines – to better handle infections than ever before in the pandemic.
US cases are much lower than in recent months. But health officials are keeping a close watch as the highly contagious form continues to spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cases have increased by about 25% in the past week.