Novel Coronavirus is unlikely to be eradicated, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House coronavirus consultant and President of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Wednesday, CNBC Reported.
Fauci said in an interview that while the virus is not going away, world leaders and public health officials are likely to work to bring it down to “low levels.”
“I think with good public health measures, a degree of global herd immunity and a good vaccine, I hope and I am optimistic that we will get it.
And I think when we put all three together, we can bring this epidemic under control, whether it’s this year or next year.”
But he added, “I don’t think we can really eradicate it.”
Us media have pointed out that Fauci’s remarks are at odds with those of US President Donald Trump.
Trump reiterated Late Tuesday that novel Coronavirus will disappear.
The President’s comments came as experts, including CDC officials, warned that the number of novel Coronavirus diagnoses and deaths could rise this fall.
“The virus will go away, it will go away.”
“Mr. Trump said at a White House briefing on the epidemic.
According to Johns Hopkins University, such novel Coronavirus has not “disappeared” but continues to proliferate in the United States.
As of Wednesday, the virus had infected 3.9 million people in the United States and killed at least 142,090.
Novel Coronavirus in Texas and Florida set a horrific record for the number of new deaths in a single day Monday, as hospital admissions continued to surge in 34 states.
Fauci said the virus is different from SARS.
SARS was a coronavirus that emerged in the early 2000s and was later brought under control.
He said that novel Coronavirus was incredibly efficient in transmitting from person to person and could produce a variety of symptoms in different people.
He says the virus is unlikely to become something like the common cold.
“I have never seen such a wide spread of infection,” fauci said. “A significant proportion of people have no symptoms at all, some have only mild symptoms, some are laid up for weeks.
Others will end up in hospital, needing oxygen, intensive care, ventilators and eventually dying.”
Fauci said officials must do a better job of controlling the virus as states try to reopen.
On Tuesday, he said state officials should mandate masks and close bars.
On Wednesday, Fauci added that U.S. health officials don’t see the epidemic ‘ending anytime soon.’
Fauci said the pandemic “is certainly not over yet…
Obviously, we are not winning.”
Trump acknowledged Tuesday that the epidemic in the United States could get “worse before it gets better.”
“I hate to say it, but that’s the way it is.”
“If you look around the world, it’s the whole world.”
However, Mr Trump said he would not call for a nationwide lockdown because it would be “completely unsustainable, lead to an economic recession and lead to catastrophic public health consequences”.