If they are sources to be trusted, Dr. Anthony Fauci and apparent president-elect Joe Biden are warning Americans that the worst days of the coronavirus pandemic are still to come.
In a Sunday appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Fauci warned of a “post seasonal surge.”
“…The reason I’m concerned and my colleagues in public health are concerned also is that we very well might see a post-seasonal, in the sense of Christmas, New Year’s, surge, and, as I have described it, as a surge upon a surge, because, if you look at the slope, the incline of cases that we have experienced as we have gone into the late fall and soon-to-be-early winter, it is really quite troubling,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Dana Bash.
“I share the concern of President-elect Biden that as we get into the next few weeks, it might actually get worse,” he went on.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he believes the worst is still yet to come in the coronavirus pandemic following the holiday season. “I share the concern of President-elect Biden that as we get into the next few weeks, it might actually get worse.” #CNNSOTU https://t.co/KsKyKgNAG6 pic.twitter.com/xwSdyNyyuG
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December 27, 2020
Bash noted that over 100,000 Americans spent the holiday season hospitalized from the coronavirus and that the nation is averaging roughly 2,000 deaths per day.
In spite of those grim numbers, Biden still warned that even darker days lie ahead in a statement last week issued from Wilmington, Delaware.
“One thing I promise you about my leadership during this crisis: I’m going to tell it to you straight. I’m going to tell you the truth. And here’s the simple truth: Our darkest days in the battle against COVID are ahead of us, not behind us,” Biden said.
“We need to prepare ourselves, to steel our spines,” Biden went on. “As frustrating as it is to hear, it’s going to take patience, persistence and determination to beat this virus. There will be no time to waste in taking the steps we need to turn this crisis around.”
Here’s the simple truth: Our darkest days in this battle against COVID are ahead of us — not behind us.
We need to prepare ourselves and steel our spines. pic.twitter.com/TSn5hdpzGj
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 23, 2020
In addition to his warning, Fauci on Sunday urged President Donald Trump to receive the recently-released coronavirus vaccine.
Fauci, Biden, and Vice President Mike Pence each publicly received the vaccine. Meanwhile, President Trump, who previously contracted the virus, is holding off until he can receive it “at the appropriate time” when it is recommended by the White House medical team.
“The decision of whether he gets vaccinated is up to him and to the White House physician who is a person I know [to be] a very competent physician,” Fauci said. “My recommendation, and I’ve said this before, is that I would get him vaccinated. He is still the President of the United States. A critical person.”
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