Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, described COVID-19 as his “worst nightmare,” warning that the coronavirus pandemic was “far from over.”
“In a period of four months, it has devastated the whole world,” Fauci said during a Biotechnology Innovation Organization virtual conference.
“That’s millions and millions of infections worldwide. And it isn’t over yet. And it’s condensed in a very, very small time frame,” Fauci added.
More than 18 million of California’s 39 million residents live in counties where rates of increase have put them on a watch list that may eventually require them to roll back reopening efforts, the Reuters analysis shows.
Fauci, who is the US President Donald Trump administration’s infectious disease adviser, said the COVID-19 pandemic differed significantly from other recent public health crises like Ebola and HIV.
“I mean, Ebola was scary. But Ebola would never be easily transmitted in a global way. HIV, as important as it is, was drawn out over an extended period of time. I mean, I think the ultimate impact of Aids almost certainly will be greater than anything we’re talking about now,” he said.
Fauci said additional resources must be deployed to help the most vulnerable segments of society, namely African Americans.
“[African Americans] have a greater proportion of jobs that don’t allow them to sit in front of a computer and do telework. They’re out there. they’re doing a lot of things physically where you to have interact,” Fauci added.