Fauci Says 7 Million U.S. COVID-19 Cases, 200,000 Deaths First Wave as Threat of Second Surge Looms

Dr. Anthony Fauci has said the U.S. is still in the first wave of its COVID-19 outbreak, and faces a “challenge” as it heads into the fall and winter.

Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN: “Rather than say, ‘A second wave,’ why don’t we say, ‘Are we prepared for the challenge of the fall and the winter?'”

The country’s top infectious disease expert said the idea of a second wave comes from the 1918 flu pandemic. After a spike in cases in the spring, the disease “literally disappeared,” followed by an “explosion” in the fall over a century ago.

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