Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts that COVID-19 deaths will begin to decline this winter following an increase due to the delta variant across the country.
In an interview with Greta Van Susteren, which aired Sunday, the White House’s chief medical adviser was asked whether he anticipates there will be another wave of cases this coming winter, The Hill reported.
“Fortunately, right now, over the past few weeks, we have seen a change in the slope in both cases and hospitalisations. Deaths are still rising, but it’s really flattened out, so it’s a lagging indicator,” Fauci said.
“I strongly suspect that you’re going to start seeing hospitalizations as deaths go down; how quickly they go down and how well they go down depends on a number of circumstances, which are similar to those of a cold.” Will be affected by things like weather, people working indoors,” he continued.
Fauci urged Americans to wear masks in crowded settings, even when they are vaccinated and outside.
“When you have a lot of infections in the community, even if you’ve been vaccinated, when you’re not at home but out in public in a crowded setting, I think it would be very prudent,” They said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the death toll has been on a downward trend for the past three weeks, falling from an average of 1,767 per day on September 15 to 1,418 in October.
The US reached the grim milestone of 700,000 virus-related deaths earlier this month.