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- The infectious disease expert outlined ways the U.S. can avoid a second wave of coronavirus.
- One of the key components include increased testing and detection capabilities.
As the U.S. begins to reopen, concerns still remain of a possible second wave of a coronavirus outbreak. Comparisons to the Spanish Flu of 1918 and various uptick in cases have rendered many Americans unsure of — if not frightened by — the prospect of another round of COVID-19.
But, a sliver of good news tells us that this may not be the case — if people are vigilant.
Speaking on CNN, Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said that a second wave is “not inevitable.”
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“I’m feeling better about it as we go by with the weeks that go by, and we see that we’re getting more and more capability of testing,” Fauci said.
Fauci’s confidence is rooted in the country’s increased testing efforts, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deploying more teams to contact trace and isolate active cases.
Regarding the looming threat of a second wave, Fauci said that “we don’t have to accept that as an inevitability” when reopening previously closed economic sectors.
He does caution that it could happen, but if the American people continue to practice recommended health protocols and public health officials maintain testing capabilities, a second wave is preventable.
“If we do the kinds of things that we’re putting in place now, to have the workforce, the system, and the will to do the kinds of things that are the clear and effective identification, isolation and contact tracing, we can prevent this second wave that we’re talking about, if we do it correctly,” Fauci said.
He acknowledged that some states, like California, are seeing spikes in cases upon reopening. While this is to be expected, it should not be taken lightly.
“Those are the things you have to watch really carefully,” Fauci says. He warns the public should not be overconfident, as the effect of spread won’t be seen for two to three weeks.
“We encourage people...to be prudent and take a careful look at the guidelines and, to the best extent possible, to follow them,” he concluded.
The CDC’s current reopening guidelines can be found here.
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