Coronavirus Outbreak’s Second Wave Is Inevitable, Fauci Says

With over 1 million confirmed cases and 60,000 deaths recorded in the United States alone, health experts are in a mad dash to figure out and understand the COVID-19 pandemic. Cures have yet to come out, meaning everyone cannot let their guard down considering that there is a chance that a second wave may come. People who have recovered from the coronavirus need to be cautious as well considering relapses are possible.

As far as a second wave of the coronavirus, Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) believes that such is inevitable. In an interview with the Economic Club, he explained why the virus is unlikely to just go away and how contagious it is as it continues to spread around the world.

“I’m almost certain it will come back. The virus is so transmissible and it’s globally spread,” Fauci said. “In my mind, it’s inevitable that we will have a return of the virus or maybe it never went away.”

Aware that select states are planning to reopen, Fauci believes that testing and isolating the ones infected by the COVID-19 strain and tracing their contacts remain the norm in the coming months to keep the numbers from getting out of hand once more.

“If by that time we have put into place all of the countermeasures that you need to address this, we should do reasonably well,” Fauci said. “If we don’t do that successfully, we could be in for a bad fall and a bad winter.”

A big problem plaguing the world is the availability of testing facilities. But he noted that as far as the United States is concerned, more testing areas may be up by the end of May or early June, the Hill reported.

Aside from that, there is a long wait for a COVID-19 vaccine. Researchers and scientists are fast-tracking to get a working cure out and it appears that there is one showing promise after initially failing. An antiviral drug called Remdesivir showed good results, something Fauci said had a clear-cut positive effect in diminishing the time to recover, CNBC reported.

“This will be the standard of care,” Fauci said. “When you know a drug works, you have to let people in the placebo group know so they can take it.”

Fauci also mentioned how the drug has proven it can block the virus. Gilead released the preliminary results from its study, showing 50 percent of the patients treated with a five-day dosage of remdesivir improved. The trial involved 397 patients with severe cases of COVID-19.

Anthony Fauci Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies about the measles outbreak in the United States before a House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg