The US is past the phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Dr. Anthony Fauci

The United States is past the COVID-19 pandemic phase, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, senior medical adviser to President Joe Biden and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“We’re certainly out of the pandemic phase in this country,” Fauci said Tuesday on PBS NewsHour.

“Because we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens of thousands of hospital admissions and thousands of deaths. We are currently at a low level. So when you say are we out of the pandemic? phase in this country? We are.”

COVID-19 cases in the US have dropped dramatically in recent months as the Omicron wave receded.

But daily cases are still double what they were for most of last summer.

New cases are resurfacing in most states, and hospitalizations have also increased over the past week.

Fewer people are currently dying from COVID-19 than during most of the pandemic, but with more than 400 deaths per day, the last two months of COVID-19 have been deadlier than recent flu seasons.

Fauci said that while the coronavirus will not be eradicated, if people were vaccinated intermittently, possibly every year, levels of the virus in society could be kept very low.

Currently, local health authorities across the US are still working to ensure more people are fully vaccinated and empowered against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 situation in the United States also doesn’t necessarily reflect what’s happening in the rest of the world, Fauci noted.

“Pandemic means a global infection that is spreading rapidly among people,” Fauci said. “So if you look at the global situation, there is no doubt that this pandemic is still ongoing.”

Exiting the pandemic isn’t language Lori Tremmel Freeman, chief executive officer of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, has heard in conversations within local health officials, she said Wednesday.

On the ground, however, there has been a subtle shift as local health authorities are now returning some focus to non-COVID areas such as maternal health, childhood immunizations, tuberculosis, HIV and other public health concerns.

“I think that subtle changes are being made at the local level by public health departments to normalize the response to the pandemic enough that they can get back to the core work of their public health departments,” Freeman said. “But those words that have been used about the end of the pandemic are not well circulated in the public health arena at this time.”

The CNN Wire
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