Politics Fauci: Maybe 2022 before US sees 'some semblances of normality'
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President Trump derided Anthony Fauci as a “disaster” and claimed that Americans have tired of the novel coronavirus during a call with campaign staff on Monday. © Greg Nash/Getty Images Trump labels Fauci a 'disaster' on campaign call "People are tired of COVID. Yup, there's going to be spikes, there's going to be no spikes, there's going to be vaccines. With or without vaccines, people are tired of COVID," Trump said, according to audio of the call obtained by The Hill. "I have the biggest rallies I have ever had and we have COVID. People are saying whatever, just leave us alone. They're tired of it.
Top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that it might be 2022 until the U.S. sees "some semblances of normality."
During a University of Melbourne panel discussion, Fauci said it's possible a "substantial proportion of the people" won't receive vaccination until the second or third quarter of next year, even with the U.S. getting a vaccine in the next few months.
"I think it will be easily by the end of 2021, and perhaps even into the next year, before we start having some semblances of normality," the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.
Trump ridicules Fauci for throwing 'the worst first pitch' in baseball history and urges him to stop wearing a Washington Nationals face mask
President Donald Trump also shared more than a decade-old video of him throwing a ceremonial pitch, calling it a "perfect strike.""Tony should stop wearing the Washington Nationals' Mask for two reasons. Number one, it is not up to the high standards that he should be exposing," Trump tweeted.
"We're not in a good place," Fauci added. "Now we're averaging about 70,000 [cases] a (day). That's a bad position to be in."
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He also encouraged Americans who want to avoid another shutdown to wear a mask.
"If you don't want to shut down, at least do the fundamental basic things, which are really the flagship of which is wearing a mask," Fauci said. "We can't have this very inconsistent wearing that you see, where you see some states that absolutely refuse to wear a mask."
The top infectious disease expert's comments come amid surging cases of coronavirus in the country, as the seven-day daily case count is measured at 75,522, according to .
Johns Hopkins University reported that the average number of new cases is up 21 percent this week compared to last week. But testing has only jumped 6.63 percent in the same period, according to of the , negating the argument that more testing is leading to more cases.
Several states are struggling with this month, with 29 documenting record single-day case counts and 11 measuring record single-day death counts since the beginning of the pandemic.
Forty states as of Wednesday recorded 10 percent more new cases this past week compared to the previous week, nine states remained steady and Missouri was the only state with 10 percent fewer cases in the past week when compared to the week before.
Trump hints that he could FIRE Dr. Fauci after the election .
During a campaign rally in Opa-Locka, Florida, President Trump (left) criticized the media for its coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. That's when his supporters chanted 'Fire Fauci!' Fauci is seen right.During a late-night campaign rally held in Opa-Locka, Florida, Trump criticized the media for its coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.