On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that people’s lives are going to have to change as the United States handles coronavirus and that people should prepare now if that haven’t already.
“What I want to talk to you about today, just for a moment or two is that we would like the country to realize that as a nation, we can’t be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago,” Fauci said. “That it doesn’t matter if you’re in a state that has no cases or one case.”
“You have to start taking seriously what you can do now that if and when the infections will come and they will come, sorry to say, sad to say, they will, but when you’re dealing with an infectious disease, you always have that metaphor that people talk about, that Wayne Gretzky. He doesn’t go where the puck is, he’s going to where the puck is going to be,” Fauci continued. “We want to be where the infection is going to be as well as where it is.”
“The cases continue to increase globally. We’re playing particular attention to the cases in Europe and Italy and France and which we’re starting to see that up at the same time as the relative number of new cases come down from China,” Fauci said. “What we’re seeing in Europe, is that Europe is in that up slope. That is something that is expected. That’s the way these outbreaks go. This is not a surprise to anybody. If you look at the history of infectious disease outbreaks. In the United States we continue to have new cases. As of this morning, 712 I believe with 27 deaths. Guaranteed by the time of this evening that is going to be up. There will be several more. Tomorrow there will be several more.”
As of Tuesday night, the number of cases in the United States had topped 1,000 and the number of deaths had reached 31. The number of cases globally has nearly hit 120,000 and almost 4,300 deaths.