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US likely to see Covid-19 surge in fall, Fauci says
“I think we should expect, David, that over the next two weeks we will see an increase in the number of cases – and hopefully there is enough background immunity that we we didn’t end up with a lot of hospitalizations,” Fauci said, when asked by Bloomberg TV’s David Westin about the prospect of another wave of Covid-19 from BA.2 or some other variant, given the level of immunity supposed to exist in the United States today.

Fauci reiterated that the US often follows other countries, offering the UK, which also has the BA.2 variant, as an example. He said in addition to a removal of many mask mandates and restrictions for indoor settings, there has been a decline in immunity.

“These conditions are also present in the United States,” he said. “So I wouldn’t be surprised if we see an increase in the number of cases. It’s hard to predict whether that increase becomes an increase where there are a lot more cases.”

When asked later if this fall should be expected to be like the previous two – and if people should be prepared for anything around October – Fauci said he thought “it’s likely we’ll see a surge in the fall.”

He noted that “these are uncharted waters for us with this virus” and that with other viruses, like the flu – which people have decades of experience with – predictions about what might happen can be made. with some degree of precision.

“I think we should expect to see an increase in the number of cases as you get into the colder fall weather,” he said. “That’s why the [Food and Drug Administration] and their advisory board are meeting right now to plan a strategy, and we at the [National Institutes of Health] are studying now to determine what would be the best boost.”

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