Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that more “pain and suffering” is on the horizon as COVID-19 cases rise again and officials plead with unvaccinated Americans to get them vaccinated.
Fauci, a leading national expert on infectious diseases, also said he did not foresee additional restrictions in the US because, in his opinion, enough people were vaccinated to avoid a recurrence of the disease last winter. However, he said that at this point in time, vaccinations are not enough to “suppress the outbreak.”
Fauci’s warning comes just days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course to advise even vaccinated people to return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the United States where the delta variant is contributing to infection. Since the transition, federal health authorities have cited studies showing that vaccinated people can transmit the virus to others.
Most new infections in the United States still occur among unvaccinated people. Vaccinated people can develop so-called breakthrough infections, and while the vast majority of them cause mild or no symptoms, research shows they can carry about the same amount of coronavirus as those who have not received the vaccine.
“So we hope not for isolation, but for some pain and suffering in the future, because we are seeing an increase in the number of cases, and this is the reason why we keep repeating over and over again, the solution to this problem is to get vaccinated, and that would didn’t happen, ”Fauci told ABC’s This Week.
According to data obtained as of July 30 from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day moving average for daily new cases in the United States rose from 30,887 on July 16 to 77,827 on July 30. the same period from 253 July 16 to 358 July 30, although death reports are usually delayed for several weeks after infection and even longer after hospitalization.
Currently, 58% of Americans 12 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
However, according to the director of the National Institutes of Health, people are “understanding” and more people are rolling up their sleeves amid the threat of the delta option. Dr. Francis Collins told CNN’s State of the Union that vaccinations in the United States have grown 56% in the past two weeks.
Collins said that in Louisiana, which recorded the largest number of new cases per capita among states in the past 14 days, the number of vaccinations during this period has tripled.
“This is something that desperately needs to happen if we’re going to put this delta option back in place because it’s having a pretty big party right now in the center of the country,” Collins said.
Collins also said that even with a predominance of the delta option, vaccines work “very well” and reduce the risk of serious illness and hospitalization “by 25 times.” Recommendations for vaccinated people to start wearing masks again indoors in certain places with worsening outbreaks of disease are mainly intended to protect unvaccinated and immunocompromised people, he said.
The CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students, and school visitors across the country, regardless of vaccination status.