Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the United States may see a "surge upon a surge" of COVID-19 infections following the recent Thanksgiving holiday.
Speaking to ABC on Sunday, Fauci said there is "almost certainly" going to be a resurgence in virus cases,… as more than 8 million people travelled across the country to celebrate Thanksgiving, ignoring the government's anti-travel guidelines.
With a significant uptick set to be visible in two or three weeks, Fauci added he does not expect travel recommendations and restrictions to be relaxed until the Christmas season.
The health expert made similar remarks on NBC, but added that it is "not too late" to stop the spread of the virus,… if people wore masks, kept social distance, and avoided large gatherings.
Fauci also noted that there is "light at the end of the tunnel", … as COVID-19 vaccines are soon to be offered.
As stated by Fauci, the first priority group, including healthcare workers, will very likely be vaccinated by December,… followed by more vaccinations in early 2021.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, new daily cases for COVID-19 in the U.S. topped 200-thousand for the first time last Friday.
With over 90-thousand patients hospitalized, the U.S. has so far seen over 13.2 million infections and at least 266-thousand deaths.
Latest data shows that about 20-percent of all people in hospital in the U.S. have COVID-19.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.