White House infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warned on Wednesday that it’s unlikely the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will ever go away completely.
“It is so efficient in its ability to transmit from human to human that I think we ultimately will get control of it. I don’t really see us eradicating it,” Fauci told TB Alliance in an interview on Wednesday, as quoted by CNBC.
But not all is lost.
“I think with a combination of good public health measures, a degree of global herd immunity and a good vaccine, which I do hope and feel cautiously optimistic that we will get, I think when we put all three of those together, we will get control of this, whether it’s this year or next year,” Fauci added.
That scenario would be vastly preferable to today’s, with American casualties creeping back over 1,000 deaths per day.
“We’ll bring it down to such a low level that we will not be in the position we are right now for an extended period of time,” he said.
Fauci’s statements appear to contradict president Donald Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that the coronavirus will simply disappear.
“Well, the virus will disappear,” Trump told reporters just yesterday, as quoted by NBC. “It will disappear.”