The U.S. could “start getting things back to relative normal” as soon as the spring if early testing on vaccines holds up and people agree to be vaccinated, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday.
“If we get the overwhelming majority of people taking the vaccine … people can start thinking about doing things that were too dangerous just months ago,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The encouraging words come as hospitals across the nation are strained by a record number of coronavirus patients and new infections have surpassed 100,000 each day for almost two weeks straight.
The U.S. remains the global hot spot. Eleven countries have reported more than 1 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began at the start of the year. The United States has reported more than 1 million coronavirus cases in the last week.
Some major developments:
- The Navajo Nation on Monday will reinstate a stay-at-home lockdown for the entire reservation while closing tribal offices and requiring new closures and safety measures for businesses due to rising COVID-19 cases.
- Hospitals are getting better at treating COVID-19 patients, according to the University of Washington’s influential Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model. Better treatments have helped decrease the disease’s fatality rate by 30% since April, according to a model briefing.
Post time: Nov-16-2020