Fauci’s comments came just a day after the country reported a seven-day average of more than 82,000 new cases, up 11% from the previous week, according to a CNBC analysis of university data. Johns Hopkins. Nationwide cases were down 57% last week from the peak of the delta wave this summer, but a surge in Covid patients in the Midwest and Northeast is fueling the sudden increase.
“The only thing that’s a little confusing is that we’re starting to level off,” Fauci said in an interview with the Bipartisan Policy Center. “In other words, the deceleration of cases has now plateaued, and in some parts of the country we are starting to see a slight increase. ”
Infections were down for weeks after reaching a delta wave peak of 172,500 new cases per day on September 13. They have stabilized at a high level, rebounding between 70,000 and 75,000 new cases per day for almost three weeks for most of the past week, and are on the rise again.
Cases and hospitalizations fell sharply in the south, where the delta wave hit earliest and hardest during the summer.
In addition to capping cases, Fauci, also director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the United States needs to focus on vaccinating the roughly 60 million people nationwide who have failed. not yet been immunized. That excludes 28 million children aged 5 to 11 who became eligible to receive the two-dose Covid vaccine from Pfizer earlier this month, he noted.
“There is a lot of good news, but tough news that we really need to address as the winter months approach,” Fauci said.
Fauci added that those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid can gather for the holiday season without worry. But he recommended wearing a mask in indoor gathering places, with cases still hovering at a high level nationwide.
“When you are with your family at home, my God, enjoy it with your parents, your children, your grandparents,” he said. “There is no reason not to. “