June 04, 2020
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Coronavirus could become seasonal, Fauci says

Patrick Semansky | AP
Patrick Semansky | AP
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as President Donald Trump speaks Saturday during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Anthony Fauci said there is a very good chance the new coronavirus “will assume a seasonal nature” because it is unlikely to be under control globally.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the virus is unlikely to be completely eradicated from the planet this year. That means the U.S. could see the “beginning of a resurgence” during the next flu season.

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Fauci said the prospect of a resurgence is the reason the U.S. is working so hard to get its preparedness “better than it was.” He said that includes working to develop a vaccine and conducting clinical trials on therapeutic interventions.

Fauci also said states that don’t have stay-at-home orders are not putting the rest of the country at risk as much as they are putting themselves at risk.

Fauci spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”


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