Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday said in an interview with McClatchy that the U.S. could see up to 200,000 daily COVID-19 cases in the fall.
“Remember, just a couple of months ago, we were having about 10,000 cases a day, I think you’re likely going to wind up somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 cases.”
“What we’re seeing, because of this increase in transmissibility, and because we have about 93 million people in this country who are eligible to get vaccinated who don’t get vaccinated — that you have a significant pool of vulnerable people,” Fauci said.
“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, giving it ample chance to get a variant which, quite frankly, we’re very lucky that the vaccines that we have now do very well against the variants — particularly against severe illness,” said Fauci. “We’re very fortunate that that’s the case. There could be a variant that’s lingering out there that can push aside delta.”