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The things with Dr. Anthony Fauci is, you were never supposed to like him. He’s the sort of government official who you only recognize when things are going poorly, like a harbinger of doom with a necktie.
This week was no exception, as the nation’s top epidemiologist continued to push his gloomy perspective on the emerging COVID variants.
In an interview with McClatchy D.C., the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director warned that cases of the super-infectious delta variant could double in the near future.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, delta variant cases –including sub-variants – make up more than 93% of all new cases in the U.S. In the Midwest, that percentage is even higher and the delta variant is especially prevalent in areas with low vaccination rates.
“What we’re seeing, because of this increase in transmissibility, and because we have about 93 million people in this country who are eligible to get vaccinated who don’t get vaccinated — that you have a significant pool of vulnerable people,” he said.
“And so when you look at the curve of acceleration of seven-day averages of cases per day, it is going up in a very steep fashion,” Fauci noted.
Then, pure doom:
“If we don’t crush the outbreak to the point of getting the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated, then what will happen is the virus will continue to smolder through the fall into the winter, giving it ample chance to get a variant which, quite frankly, we’re very lucky that the vaccines that we have now do very well against the variants – particularly against severe illness,” he said. “We’re very fortunate that that’s the case. There could be a variant that’s lingering out there that can push aside delta.”
In states with fewer COVID-19 restrictions, (largely in the south), coronavirus cases have surged tremendously in recent weeks, prompting some bitter feuding between the individual states and the White House.
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