Fauci: 'Not inevitable' that there will be a second wave of coronavirus

Fauci: 'Not inevitable' that there will be a second wave of coronavirus
© getty: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Pfizer results offer hope amid worsening pandemic for children The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said that increasing contact tracing and testing could prevent a potential second wave of the coronavirus. 

“If you do, it is not inevitable that you’re going to have a second wave in the fall,” Fauci told the Washington Post. “Nor is it inevitable that, even now, as we enter the summer and we start to pull back to normalize, you will start to see cases if properly addressed.”

Fauci said the U.S. is not in a “second wave” of infections after some states have seen spikes in cases because the country has still not passed the first wave. 

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“You don’t necessarily have to have a resurgence in a wave that has not even gone down,” he said. “So that’s the reason why I say when people talk about a second wave in the summer, you can’t talk about a second wave in the summer because we’re still in the first wave.”

The White House coronavirus task force has fallen out of the public eye in the past months as the country began to focus on reopening and addressing the economic fallout of the pandemic. 

Fauci indicated that he has not met with President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE as of late, but has met with Vice President Pence, who leads the task force, “then it goes up to the next level.”

“So I’m confident that it’s not necessary for me to speak directly because he knows what goes on in the task force meeting, because I’m absolutely certain that the vice president regularly briefed him on that,” said Fauci.