“I share President-elect Biden’s concern that it could get worse in the coming weeks,” he said on CNN, expressing fears of a “rise on top of the hike” the country is already experiencing.
The world’s leading power, which has the most deaths from Covid-19 in the world, has indeed experienced a spectacular rebound in the epidemic, with regularly more than 200,000 confirmed cases and more than 3,000 deaths per day, for nearly three weeks. Already a member of President Donald Trump’s crisis staff and appointed adviser by his successor Joe Biden, Dr. Fauci stressed on Sunday that this upsurge in cases could occur at a “very critical moment” and result in “increased pressure ”On a hospital system already operating just in time.
Do not visit people at risk
The chief medical officer of the United States, Jerome Adams, also admitted Sunday to be “very worried” about this potential increase after the holidays. “Even if you have traveled (…), there are still steps you can take,” he said, recommending not to visit people at risk during the two weeks following the trip. In the week leading up to Christmas Day, about one million Americans flew on a plane every day, according to TSA, which is responsible for airport security checks.
The beginnings of a huge vaccination campaign have given Americans hope, despite delays in the distribution of the vaccine. Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, whose state has so far received only a “fraction” of the doses it is supposed to receive, however admitted Sunday on CNN that with apologies from officials of the Trump administration, things were “in the right direction”.