Dr. Anthony Fauci said in testimony before a House committee yesterday that the next few weeks are critical in working to bring down Wuhan coronavirus case surges that are being seen in several states in the South and West, as he urged people to avoid crowds and wear face masks. The nation's top infectious disease expert said that if the U.S. doesn't get control of the pandemic by the fall, quote, "you're essentially chasing after a forest fire." Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas all set single-day records for new coronavirus cases yesterday, and other states with concerning surges include Louisiana, Utah and South Carolina. In more optimistic news, Fauci also said that, quote, "it will be when and not if" for a vaccine, and that he's "cautiously optimistic" that some vaccine could be available by the end of the year.
European Union May Bar Visitors from U.S.:As European Union nations continue to ease their coronavirus restrictions, including opening up to allowing travelers from other countries, they are considering barring visitors from several countries, including the United States, the New York Times reported yesterday. The E.U.'s decision on which countries to allow visitors from will be based on how those nations are doing with controlling the pandemic, and the U.S. has the highest number of both coronavirus deaths and infections in the world. The U.S. severely restricted travel from large parts of Europe earlier this year because of the coronavirus.
Daily Count:There have been more than 121,200 deaths as of last night, according to Johns Hopkins University's count, and more than 2,345,000 confirmed cases.
Fauci's advice on public gatherings: "Plan A: Do not go in a crowd. Plan B: If you do, make sure you wear a mask." https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dr-fauci-testimony-coronavirus-response-house-commerce-committee-today-2020-06-23/ …
Dr. Anthony Fauci said a COVID-19 vaccine could be available by the end of this year or the beginning of 2021.
"We feel cautiously optimistic," he told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. More: https://n.pr/2NmybRs
I've included this from CBS News, but I hate that it starts with the phrase 'dire new warning'. Whatever happened to just giving me the news? Sigh...