- The novel corona virus "could very well" become cyclical and the US must be prepared for it to return seasonally, said Dr. Anthony Fauci at the White House on Wednesday.
- "I know we will now be able to prevent this, but we really need to be prepared for another cycle," said Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, to reporters at the daily coronavirus briefing.
- Fauci said this underscores the need to quickly develop and test a novel coronavirus vaccine.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, warned on Wednesday that the novel coronavirus could return in "cycles" and urged the US to prepare for it.
The virus "could very well" become cyclical and seasonal, Fauci said at the White House daily briefing on coronavirus. "We really need to be prepared for another cycle," he added.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, stressed the need to develop and test a vaccine quickly so that it will be available "for the next cycle".
In addition, Fauci said the US must continue to conduct the "randomized, controlled trial of medicines so that we can have a menu of medications" that have proven to be effective and safe.
"I know that we will now be able to put this down, but we really need to be prepared for another cycle, and I think what we do will prepare us well," said Fauci.
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Fauci, who has advised six presidents in his career and is now a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has become one of the most influential figures in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. An insider poll released on Wednesday found that Americans trust Fauci the most when it comes to official guidelines on the COVID 19 outbreak.
Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, repeated Fauci at the press conference on Wednesday.
"We are currently dealing with cycle A," said Birx, when she stressed the need to be prepared for an outbreak in autumn 2020 or 2021.
As of Wednesday evening, more than 64,000 Coronavirus cases have been reported in all 50 states and in Washington, DC and at least 920 have been killed.