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When Will Coronavirus Epidemic End? Dr. Fauci Says Summer Vacations May Be Possible

When will the coronavirus epidemic end? We aren't sure as of now, but America's leading experts are still hopeful that summer vacations might be possible. That said, Americans still need to maintain strict social distancing and other measures before the coast is clear.

"It can be in the cards," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS on CBS This Morning earlier today regarding families taking vacations later this year, as reported by CNN. Unfortunately, it's likely there will be a second spike in COVID-19 cases once restrictions are lifted. "When we pull back and try to open up the country ... we have to be prepared that when the infections start to rear their heads again," he said.

Fauci's best advice to mitigate these issues is to "identify, isolate, contract trace and make sure we don't have those spikes we have now." He added that he hopes "by the time we get to the summer, we will have taken many steps in that direction."

What steps are Fauci talking about? As of now, the national guidelines include maintaining social distancing measures until April 30. This includes encouraging as many people as possible to work from home to help reduce any spread of COVID-19. 

While Fauci said he is hopeful for Americans to go on summer vacations, it's still not clear when the situation in America will return to how things were a few months ago. As for President Trump, he mentioned in a press conference on March 29 that he is hopeful a return to normalcy will come around the start of June. "We can expect that by June 1st, we will be well on our way to recovery, we think by June 1st. A lot of great things will be happening," he said at the press conference.

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