Shedding light on the fact that American’s must not think that the pandemic is almost over, Dr. Anthony Fauci made it clear last week, that the coronavirus vaccines will not be available until spring 2021, and that people cannot afford to start thinking that the coronavirus is reaching its end.

Talking to CBS on Monday morning, Fauci stated that Americans can’t start thinking that the end of the coronavirus pandemic is in sight. Speaking on the channel’s News’ un 60 Minutes, Fauci stated “When you have a million deaths and over 30 million infections globally, you cannot say that we’re on the road to essentially getting out of this. So quite frankly, I don’t know where we are. It’s impossible to say.” 

Source: NPR

The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also spoke about President Donald Trump’s diagnosis of the virus, saying, “I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask,” he said, in reference to a Sept. 26 Supreme Court nomination ceremony at the White House. “When I saw that on TV, I said, ‘Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come outta that, that’s gotta be a problem.’ And then, sure enough, it turned out to be a super spreader event.”

Further stressing on the need for masks and clarifying the notion of their effectiveness especially when a debate had broken out over it, Fauci added, “It became clear that cloth coverings … and not necessarily a surgical mask or an N95, cloth coverings, work. There’s no longer a shortage of masks. Number two, meta-analysis studies show that, contrary to what we thought, masks really do work in preventing infection.”

Source: BBC

Earlier this month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention had reiterated that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can linger in the air, and transmit to persons who are further than six feet apart, hence formally referring to it as an air-borne virus. 

With over 8 Million cases and counting, health officials are stressing upon the need for Americans to wash their hands regularly, wear a mask when out in public or when in contact with anyone, practice social distancing and avoid close contact with people who are sick. With an uptick in cases in New York recently, masks have been mandatory and are considered imperative to curb the spread of the virus. 

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