Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced on Sunday he is very concerned about the after-effects of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the U.S.
During his interview with Meet the Press on Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci says that he’s concerned the country will see another surge related to the annual South Dakota rally, which attracts an estimated 700,000 motorcycle enthusiasts.
“It’s understandable that people want to do the kinds of things they want to do. They want the freedom to do that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci explains. “But there comes a time when you’re dealing with a public health crisis that could involve you, your family, and everybody else. That something supersedes that need to do exactly what you want you to do.”
According to Newsweek, CDC researchers reported that the 2020 Sturgis rally resulted in being a “super spreader event,” with over 460 attendees being infected with the virus. It was also revealed that prior to the annual event, South Dakota reported a 68 percent increase in COVID-19 cases.
Dr. Anthony Fauci Predicts Up to 200,000 New COVID-19 Cases Per Day by Fall 2021
While speaking to McClatchy’s DC Bureau last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that he believes the U.S. will be seeing up to 200,000 new COVID-19 cases per day by Fall 2021. He stated with about 93 million people eligible to get the vaccine but won’t get it, the country will have a significant pool of vulnerable people.
“And so when you look at the curve of acceleration of 7-day averages of cases per day, it is going up in a very steep fashion,” Dr. Anthony Fauci continues. The health expert proclaims even if the country vaccinates everyone now, there won’t be a noticeable effect until the middle to end of September.
“If we don’t crush the outbreak to the point of getting the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated. Then what will happen is the virus will continue to smolder through the fall into the winter,” Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts. He further explains that there’s a chance of another variant will happen.
Dr. Anthony Fauci also states the U.S. is very lucky the current vaccines do very well against the current variants. This includes the now highly infectious Delta variant. He also says that continuing to spread the current variants will result in more mutations. “If another [variant] comes along that has an equally high capability of transmitting, but also is much more severe, then we could really be in trouble.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci goes on to call out those who are not getting vaccinated. “They are mistakenly thinking it’s only about them. “But it isn’t. It’s about everybody else, also.”