Dr Fauci has warned the US about COVID 19 complacency

Dr Anthony Stephen Fauci is an American physician-scientist and immunologist serving as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden since 2021.

Dr Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned Americans to steel themselves against a sense of Covid-19 complacency even as coronavirus infections plummet and some scientists predict that herd immunity is just around the corner.

“The slope that’s coming down is really terrific — it’s very steep, and it’s coming down very, very quickly. But we are still at a level that’s very high,” Fauci, a top pandemic advisor to President Joe Biden, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Fauci said he didn’t want people to think that just because the slope of infections was in sharp decline that “we’re out of the woods now.”

“We’re not. Because the baseline of daily infections is still very, very high,” Fauci said. “It’s not the 300,000 to 400,000 that we had some time ago, but we want to get that baseline really, really, really low before we start thinking that we are out of the woods.”, reports CNBC.

The pandemic that startled the world at large as of last year has entered a new phase, as the pace of vaccinations picks up and the number of new infections decreases even as the U.S. is about to hit the grim milestone of 500,000 Covid-19-related deaths.

More than 497,000 people in the U.S. have died of the disease as of Sunday.